Maybe you’ve just perfected your Mint Julep (you can put that to work for the next two legs of the Triple Crown. But don’t put away your special Derby hat, or that distinctive Derby style because for most racing fans, the fun is only just beginning. The hats and the clothes are just part of the color — the personalities behind the Triple Crown races are just as distinctive.
As for the horses? The Preakness is shaping up to be an exciting race. Nyquist will face Exaggerator again but Brody’s Cause and Suddenbreakingnews are sitting out the race and resting up for the Belmont.
Now that Nyquist has lived up to his reputation, the buzz is about the Triple Crown. Will we have another winner?
Nyquist has the speed — his performance in the Derby showed that he could keep up with a rabbit (like Danzig Candy) and still have enough stamina to run the fastest Derby since Funny Cide in 2003.
Nyquist moved to Pimlico and took his first jog on Monday. The colt alternates days of galloping and jogging but trainer O’Neill doesn’t expect he’ll do a timed breeze before the Preakness.
With such a short turnaround between the Derby and the Preakness, the mission is to maintain his fitness without using much energy.
Assistant Trainer, Jack Sisterson
You can see his first two workouts on the track below:
“We just wanted to see him move efficiently, and he did everything and more that we wanted to see this morning,” Sisterson said. “It’s like our own little training center. It’s great. It’s quiet out there. Our horses out there had their ears pricked taking it all in. It was really nice out there.”
Will Nyquist pull it off? Or will Exaggerator get a clear trip and an open track? or will we see another horse, fresh after skipping the Derby?
Who are you betting on?