Preakness Stakes 2016 is just around the corner. The second of the Triple Crown races is set to open the fields this Saturday in the second oldest racetrack in the US.
Held in Baltimore, Maryland, the main race will be featuring 11 horses on the tracks. Nyquist, the Kentucky derby winner, will be in stall no. 3 while his rival, Exaggerator will be in stall no. 5.
Nyquist being in stall 3 wasn’t trainer Doug O’Neill’s ideal pick, but the slots have been drawn.
SkySports reports O’Neill’s saying in a BloodHorse statement, “In an ideal world, we wanted to be outside anyone who had speed. Like every race, we need a good, clean trip and we’ve got to be lucky. … We’re very optimistic. We’re going to break good, get a good position, and be OK.”
He then went on to say that he has full confidence in Mario Gutierrez leading Nyquist to secure the second leg of the Triple Crown races.
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As for the schedule, hang on to your horses because the race will start in Pimlico racecourse at around 6:45PM ET (8:45AM, Sunday, May 22 NSW). Tune in to NBC Sports Network to watch the race as it unfolds.
Exaggerator remains a favorite to outrace the horse, and it seems spectators are betting on him to win.
Based on CBS Sports, Nyquist has a 3-5 winning odd while Exaggerator sports 3-1. Stradivari has also caught the eye of the spectators with an 8-1 odd. The other contenders vying for the 141st Preakness Stakes are Collected (10-1), Cherry Wine (20-1), Uncle Lino (20-1), Awesome Speed (30-1), Lani (30-1), Laoban (30-1), Abiding Star (30-1) and Fellowship (30-1).
Last year, Triple Crown and Grand Slam winner American Pharoah had a 4-5 winning odd.
If Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist wins Preakness Stakes 2016, the Belmont Stakes will surely draw the crowd once again as the chances of a new Triple Crown winner emerges.