At the 2016 Preakness Stakes, everyone was gushing about the undefeated Nyquist, but we want to give you the details on the horse that has now beaten him, Exaggerator. Keep reading to find out things you should know about this beautiful horse!
Nyquist and Exaggerator, the top two finishers in this year’s Kentucky Derby, faced off again in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes on May 21 at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. While many people bet on the undefeated Nyquist to take the big win, his competitor Exaggerator won the day! Click to find out some interesting facts about the underdog!
1. He’s from the same state as Nyquist!
Neighbors? The three-year-old American thoroughbred Exaggerator and his competitor Nyquist are both Cali horses! Despite the fact that they’ve been gunning for each other during this racing season, they’re both from the same area in Southern California.
2. How much was he purchased for?
In 2015, Exaggerator was bought for $110,000. Talk about a pricey pony! That’s actually not that much in the horse-racing business, though. There have been race horses sold in the past for $70 million!
3. Who is his owner and jockey?
The jockey gets just as much attention as the horse. Exaggerator has been trained by a guy named Keith Desormeaux. His regular jockey is his trainer’s younger brother, though. His name is Kent Desormeaux. Matt Bryan along with the Ortowski family are the ones who actually own Exaggerator.
4. How did the horse get his name?
Kent and Keith serve as the jockey/trainer duo for Exaggerator. Keith actually named the horse after someone super close and special to him. Yep, Exaggerator got his name from his girlfriend, Julie Clark, who is apparently an infamous storyteller.
5. He almost won the Kentucky Derby!
On May 7, 2016, Exaggerator started second favorite in a twenty-runner field for the Kentucky Derby. In the beginning of the race, he started out towards the rear of the field until he began to overtake horses in the last half mile. He made a strong challenge in the straight, but unfortunately was unable to overhaul favored Nyquist and finished second. Talk about a bummer!
Were you impressed with Exaggerator at the Preakness Stakes, HollywoodLifers?