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).

Preakness Stakes Analysis & Spot Plays

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BONUS: Two Spot Play Selections for Pimlico, Saturday May 21, 2016

Get Rich Nilsen’s analysis of the 2016 Preakness Stakes including two spot plays on the Preakness Day undercard.   Last year, Nilsen scored with two of his three Preakness Day spot plays.  This has always been one of his favorite days of the year to play.   Nilsen used to work at Pimlico under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury.

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Two Spot Play (Best Bet) selections for the undercard – races 5 and 12.
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Preakness 2016

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…]

How good is Nyquist and who can beat him?

Triple Crown Nyquist ran a perfect Kentucky Derby to validate his perfect career. He came out of the race in perfect health and made his way to Baltimore in perfect order. Sensing a theme here? As the Doug O’Neill-trained colt prepares for the 141st Preakness on Saturday, he does so as the rare horse with a genuinely flawless… [Read more…]

Abiding Star set to run in Preakness

 Parx Racing quarantine lifted

With the equine herpesvirus quarantine at Parx Racing lifted Tuesday afternoon, Abiding Star is set to join the Preakness field this Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. All Preakness runners must be on the grounds by noon Thursday, and trainer Ned Allard will van the 3-year-old colt over from the Pennsylvania racetrack Thursday morning. Sam Elliott, the… [Read more…]

Will Nyquist win this Saturday’s Preakness?

 These factors may make the difference

It’s tough being the middle child. Just ask the Preakness. It wasn’t always that way. Eleven times before 1932, when the current order was established, the Preakness was run before the Kentucky Derby. Twice it was run the same day. The reality of the current order is that no race in America will be bigger than… [Read more…]

Exaggerator: Trips to Pimlico remind Jockey Kent Desormeaux …

jockey riding a horse race Of His Untouchable Prime

The memories are clear, unvarnished over more than three decades and thousands of victories. Each time Kent Desormeaux returns to Maryland, as he will this week for the 141st Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, there’s a good chance someone will remind him about something he did in his early years as a teenage… [Read more…]

Triple Crown Hopeful Nyquist Prepares for Preakness

Triple Crown BALTIMORE — Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist ramped up his Preakness preparations Friday morning, galloping a mile in the drizzle at Pimlico Race Course.
“We’re very happy,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “He was much more relaxed early on in his gallop, and then he finished up strong. He’s cooling out super, so we’re happy with how the… [Read more…]

Nyquist takes first jog at Pimlico

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 Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist took his first steps on the track at Pimlico Race Course just after 8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, exhibiting the composure that has carried him to the top of his 3-year-old class.
Assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said everything has gone according to plan in Nyquist’s preparations for the May 21 Preakness. The bay… [Read more…]

11 Things We Learned from Preakness 2015

 #2 is so true.

Here are some things we learned from Saturday’s Preakness:

Preakness 2015 logo small1. Baltimore can still throw a party. After weeks of national telecasts, headlines and news conferences focused on unrest in the city, Baltimore put on a much better face Saturday. Preakness Saturday offers the city an opportunity to shine in front of a national audience, and for… [Read more…]