Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not be joining the hallowed list of Triple Crown winners after Exaggerator pulled away with the 141st Preakness Stakes on Saturday evening.
NBC Sports shared footage of the race:
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Exaggerator had lost all four of his previous races against Nyquist, including a second-place finish at Churchill Downs. For Nyquist, it was his first career loss, dropping his record to 8-1.
Here are the payouts and full results of the race:
|141st Preakness Payouts|
|$2.00 Exacta (5-1) $88.40||$1.00 Trifecta (5-1-3) $73.10||$1.00 Superfecta (5-1-3-11) $317.00||$2.00 Exacta (5-1) $88.40|
|141st Preakness Race Results|
|1||5||Exaggerator||Kent Desormeaux||Keith Desormeaux||—|
|2||1||Cherry Wine||Corey Lanerie||Dale Romans||3 1/2|
|3||3||Nyquist||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O'Neill||3 1/2|
|4||11||Stradivari||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||4|
|5||6||Lani||Yutaka Take||Mikio Matsunaga||5|
|6||8||Laoban||Florent Geroux||Eric Guillot||12|
|7||2||Uncle Lino||Fernando Perez||Gary Sherlock||16 1/4|
|8||10||Fellowship||Jose Lezcano||Mark Casse||21 3/4|
|9||4||Awesome Speed||Jevian Toledo||Alan Goldberg||24 1/2|
|10||7||Collected||Javier Castellano||Bob Baffert||25 1/4|
|11||9||Abiding Star||J.D. Acosta||Ned Allard||39 3/4|
While Nyquist remained the favorite heading into the race, Exaggerator had a huge advantage due to inclement weather creating a muddy track. Nyquist had never run in such conditions, while Exaggerator excelled in the rain at the Santa Anita Derby:
Out of the gates, though, things went just as expected. Nyquist jumped out in front along with Uncle Lino and Collected, while Exaggerator fell 13 lengths behind.
Nyquist was being pushed particularly hard by jockey Mario Gutierrez to start, flying to a quarter-mile time of 22.38 seconds.
As his prior races developed, Nyquist usually would build a decent cushion and then hit another level heading into the final turn. But things were different at Pimlico.
Uncle Lino and the rest of the pack stayed right with Nyquist while Exaggerator steadily moved his way up through the field and got the inside rail. Getting there was huge for jockey Kent Desormeaux, as it maximized his ability to cut down the deficit.
While he was almost 10 lengths back heading into the final turn of the Kentucky Derby before closing the gap to 1 1/4 lengths at the finish, Exaggerator was a little more than one length behind Nyquist at the same point at Pimlico as he moved to the outside to make a pass.
Much like he did at Santa Anita and Churchill Downs, Exaggerator kicked into gear on the final stretch, taking the lead quickly and moving to the inside ahead of Nyquist.
Gutierrez moved Nyquist outside, but the horse was unresponsive to the jockey's requests to go. He looked gassed and subsequently faded to a third-place finish behind Cherry Wine.
Had Gutierrez taken it easier out of the gate, Nyquist may have had a bit more left in the tank and been able to give a serious charge in the final strides. It's something Nyquist's team will need to evaluate going into the Belmont Stakes.
That's a much longer race, and if Nyquist tries to replicate the pace of the first quarter-mile at Pimlico, he'll finish worse than third.