En of the 19 champions of the Kentucky Derby have gone on to win the Preakness Stakes two weeks later. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will attempt to become the horse to win both races in the previous five years with a triumph at Pimlico on Saturday.
Nyquist is a -140 preferred to win the Preakness Stakes at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The colt improved to 8-0-0 lifetime in the Kentucky Derby, which was an excellent run with jockey Mario Gutierrez in the helm with his triumph.
There have not been back-to-back winners of the Triple Crown since Seattle Slew and Affirmed went back in 1977 and 1978, but Nyquist is heading off at +250 to follow in American Pharoah’s footsteps and win the Triple Crown this season. Bettors looking to bet on history’s side can take Nyquist not to win the Triple Crown.
Exaggerator has come from Nyquist in every one of his past races, and the horse was again the very best of the rest using a second-place end in the Kentucky Derby.
Of the 19 horses that were conquered by Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby, only Exaggerator (+450 to win the Preakness) and Lani (+3300) are verified to be entered at the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Todd Pletcher’s Stradivari didn’t operate from the Kentucky Derby, providing the horse a chance to play spoiler with fresh legs at the Preakness. Stradivari would pay to win the Preakness and has won just two of his 3 races.
Other 3-year-olds that did not race at the Derby but will race at Pimlico comprise Cherry Wine (+2500) and Laoban (40/1).
Other horses potentially in the combination to upset Nyquist’s shot at a Triple Crown include Gun Runner (+1400), Suddenbreakingnews (+1400), Destin (+1600), Mor Spirit (+1600) and Creator (+1600).
Mohaymen Gun Runner and Suddenbreakingnews were separated by inches from the third, fourth, and fifth positions respectively after Exaggerator and Nyquist crossed the finish line as the clear top two. Mohaymen has been ruled out of rushing in the Preakness.