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Gun Runner +1000
Brody's Cause +2000
Cherry Wine +2500
Uncle Lino +2800
Awesome Speed +3200
Dazzling Gem +3500
Abiding Star +4000
Decorated Soldier +4000
Sharp Azteca +4500
WHY TO BET ON NYQUIST TO WIN THE PREAKNESS STAKES
If you watched the Derby, you had to notice right away that Nyquist felt like he was a man amongst boys on the track. He got the perfect start and was sitting right off the lead and coasted to victory from there when Danzing Candy tapered out. The only horse which really provided any challenge for him was Exaggerator, and we have to imagine if Mario Gutierrez was on the whip during the whole end of that race, the margin of victory would've been a lot more than 1 1/4 lengths.
Nyquist, of course, is 8-for-8 in his career, and he's been tested by a tremendous crop of three-year olds. By putting down Mohaymen twice, Exaggerator, Mor Spirit and so many others, we're just not sure there are any challengers left who can beat the mighty Nyquist.
WHY TO BET AGAINST NYQUIST TO WIN THE PREAKNESS STAKES
The big issue we have with Nyquist is that he wasn't anywhere near as dominant as American Pharoah was last year. Time and time again, we've seen horses look great to the naked eye at the Kentucky Derby only to come up short at the Preakness Stakes.
Even though the race was very fast at just a tick over 2:01, that still only translated to a 103 Beyer Speed Rating. It was the best showing of Nyquist's career, and he surely could've improved on that just a bit, but the end result wasn't really all that impressive.
The case for Exaggerator is that he's going to have less traffic to try to get through to win this race. He's now put on two ridiculous charges in a row in the last quarter mile or so. He was good enough at the Santa Anita Derby, but traffic kept him from really finishing the job at the Kentucky Derby. If he gets some clean track to run through when he's ready to get going from the back of the pack, he could be very dangerous.
It's also worth remembering that there are some good horses coming to face Nyquist who didn't run at the Kentucky Derby. Cherry Wine was considered one of the elite three-year olds just a few weeks ago, but he wasn't able to qualify on Derby Points for the Run for the Roses. He was only 5 to 1 at the Blue Grass Stakes and could be dangerous with six weeks off.
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