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Exaggerator Confidence Growing

Wednesday, 18th May 2016

Meanwhile, Nyquist's main danger in Saturday's Preakness Stakes, Exaggerator, also galloped a mile-and-a-half on the Baltimore track on Tuesday. Exaggerator finished powerfully to claim second behind Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago suggesting he is more than capable of turning the tables on Doug O'Neill's champion colt. Trainer Kent Desormeaux certainly believes so, pointing a jibe at Nyquist's trainer after being told O'Neill had timed Exaggerator's workout. "Doug O'Neill probably never threw a leg over a horse; he needs all the help he can get," Desormeaux said. "I galloped for 25 years; don't need a clock when I watch my horses gallop. I'm glad to know Doug is clocking my horse. He must be worried." "He [Exaggerator] looked nice and limber. I thought he floated over the track. It looks like he adapted to the surface real well. That's about his normal speed, so I wouldn't consider it aggressive. It was a typical gallop for him, but it was very nice." Desormeaux added: "Nyquist, I think the goal was to keep him fresh by only running twice this year, but maybe that'll backfire. Exaggerator has much more racing experience, therefore fitness, and the attribute of recovering quickly. I think I have the fitter horse, and to tell you the truth the fresher horse, going into Saturday."

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