Exaggerator 9-5 favorite for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes 2016 ELMONT, N.Y. — Being the focus of widespread attention isn’t something that sits too comfortably with trainer Keith Desormeaux. It has nothing to do with the veteran horseman being ungrateful and everything to do with the fact he just doesn’t want to miss any intangibles his charges communicate. “My intensity is in watching those horses train,… [Read more…]

Desormeaux Brothers Atop Horse Racing World

 Duo eyeing Belmont after Exaggerator win in Preakness

For trainer Keith Desormeaux, Exaggerator’s victory in the 141st Preakness was not about a deepening rivalry with Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist or about upending the latest quest for a Triple Crown. It was more personal than that, both because he achieved his career highlight in tandem with his younger brother, jockey Kent Desormeaux, and because he’d… [Read more…]

Nilsen’s Preakness Selections Score

AGOS Founder Rich Nilsen hit the Preakness Stakes with winner Exaggerator, who scored by 3 1/2 lengths over the wet going and paid $7.20 to win.  He missed the trifecta on the bob at the wire.

Nilsen’s spot play on the undercard was also an easy winner in race 5.   His other spot play was scratched but the second choice, Takeover Target, also won.

Here was the Preakness analysis on the winner:

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 #5 EXAGGERATOR (3/1) – How many times do you have to lose to another horse to prove that you simply aren’t as good as that rival?  Sometimes things aren’t as simple as that, however, especially in horse racing.  Nyquist is better than Exaggerator, there is no denying that, but a wet track could be the factor that turns the tables.

I loved Exaggerator in the G1 Santa Anita Derby and the wet track was a big part of the reason.  The Keith Desormeaux charge did not disappoint, unleashing an incredible move on the far turn to draw off to decisive victory.  It was arguably the most impressive win of any Derby prep this season.

The son of Curlin appears that he will be getting nearly the identical set up that he got in the Santa Anita Derby in Saturday’s Preakness – a hot pace and a sloppy track.  Will the result be the same?

Jockey Kent Desormeaux got his start in Maryland, dominating the Pimlico track in the 90s.  He would love nothing more than to win for his brother and take down the second jewel of the Triple Crown, a race he has won twice before (Big Brown, Real Quiet).

Ability to Recover gives Exaggerator hope versus Nyquist

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BALTIMORE — Nyquist has won each of his eight career races and is favored to remain unbeaten at Saturday’s Preakness. But the Kentucky Derby champion’s September victory in the FrontRunner at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., is reason enough for Exaggerator trainer Keith Desormeaux to be optimistic.

Nyquist covered the FrontRunner’s 11/16 miles in 1… [Read more…]

Trainer Desormeaux, Exaggerator getting used to KY Derby spotlight

Kentucky Derby logo 142 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This part is relatively new to trainer Keith Desormeaux, the media circus, the outpouring of scrutiny. And anyone diving into the Kentucky Derby pool for the first time ought to be given some rope for taking a few awkward strokes before getting into the rhythm of the moment. After anxiously asking to reporters… [Read more…]

Exaggerator Rolls in Wet Santa Anita Derby

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LOS ANGELES—Trainer Keith Desormeaux was worried about his horse Exaggerator after a disappointing third in the San Felipe Stakes a month ago. He even speculated that the horse might be only a miler, rather than a colt capable of running the 1\ miles of the Kentucky Derby. Saturday, the colt showed his trainer that his fears… [Read more…]