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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

Racing Headlines

Nyquist spikes fever, trip to Belmont delayed

Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist developed a fever Monday morning, forcing the postponement of his scheduled trip to Belmont Park for next month's Belmont S. (G1).

While the fever eventually subsided, Nyquist will stay at Pimlico until results from blood work could be examined.

Meanwhile, Preakness (G1) winner Exaggerator will stay in Baltimore until Sunday before heading up to Belmont.

In light of the weekend's record attendance and handle at Pimlico, Vance Hanson says too many solutions to fix the Preakness are being bandied about when none really exist.

Exaggerator, Nyquist to continue rivalry in Belmont Stakes

Both Exaggerator and Nyquist exited their respecitve first and third-place finishes in Saturday's Preakness S. (G1) in good order, connections announced Sunday. The duo is now headed for yet another showdown in the Belmont S. (G1) on June 11.

Exaggerator is expected to leave for Belmont Park next week, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux, "We'll leave him here until at least Wednesday or Thursday, probably Sunday."

Nyquist will van to Belmont on Monday, conditioner Doug O'Neill remarked, "As long as he continues to show good energy, we'll try this again in three weeks."

Cherry Wine nipped Nyquist for second in the Preakness and will take on the Kentucky Derby (G1) winner as well as Preakness victor Exaggerator in the Belmont as well.

Uncle Lino, who finished seventh in the Preakness after contesting the early pace with Nyquist, exited the contest with a tendon injury and "probably will need some time," trainer and co-owner Gary Sherlock reported.

Kellie Reilly analyzed Saturday's Preakness Stakes, coming up with five factors she felt contributed to Nyquist losing the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

For some interesting facts and figures on the 2016 Preakness Stakes, please click here.

In other racing news on Sunday, champions Songbird and Stellar Wind worked at Santa Anita Park in readiness for upcoming graded contests in June.


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For Tuesday

Finger Lakes   (5th) Torcci, 7-2
    (9th) Hug Me Ez, 3-1
Indiana Grand   (2nd) The Political Norm, 7-2
    (4th) Vienna Rose, 3-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Northern Merit, 4-1
    (7th) Castlebrook's Lion, 3-1
Parx Racing   (1st) Betamerica Babe, 7-2
    (3rd) Do a Legger, 3-1
Presque Isle Downs   (3rd) Solid Friendship, 4-1
    (6th) Tequila Hero, 7-2

Top Speed/Class ratings


Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/16-5/22) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Noble Bird 5H 1 3/16m (ft) PIM 5/20 Pimlico Special H. 117
Second Summer 4G 1 1/8m (ft) SA 5/22 Californian S. 104
Bradester 6H 1m (ft) MTH 5/21 Majestic Light S. 102
Ahh Chocolate 4F 1 1/8m (ft) PIM 5/20 Allaire DuPont Distaff S. 98
Trace Creek 6H 1m (ft) AP 5/21 Hanshin Cup S. 95
Ibaka 5G 1m 70y (my) WRD 5/17 Cherokee Nation Classic Cup S. 92
Bella Paella 4F 1m 70y (sy) WRD 5/16 RPDC Classic Distaff S. 91
Spice Swirl 9M 1m (ft) HPO 5/20 Falls Amiss S. 76
Diamond Joe 7G 1m (ft) HPO 5/21 Who Doctor Who S. 74
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/16-5/22) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Always Sunshine 4C 6f (my) PIM 5/21 Maryland Sprint H. 103
Disco Chick 5M 6f (ft) PIM 5/20 Skipat S. 103
Wild Dude 6H 6 1/2f (ft) SA 5/21 Kona Gold S. 99
O B Harbor 4G 6 1/2f (ft) EMD 5/22 Governor's S. 97
Paulassilverlining 4F 6 1/2f (ft) BEL 5/21 Vagrancy H. 96
Estellara 4F 6f (ft) EMD 5/22 Hastings S. 90
Ooey Gooey 5G 6f (ft) PRM 5/21 John Wayne S. 90
It's the Swede 3F 6f (ft) PRM 5/20 Mamie Eisenhower S. 88
Bourbon County 6G 6f (ft) CBY 5/20 10,000 Lakes S. 87
Sky and Sea 5M 6f (ft) CBY 5/21 Lady Slipper S. 83
Jacky's Notion 3F 4 1/2f (my) CT 5/21 Fancy Buckles S. 80
Murmansk 6G 7f (ft) DG 5/22 Greenlee County-Duncan Hopeful Distance Series Fin 74
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/16-5/22) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Lady Shipman 4F 5f (gd) PIM 5/21 The Very One S. 98
Thatcher Street 5G 1m (gd) CD 5/21 Opening Verse S. 97
Ben's Cat 10G 5f (fm) PIM 5/20 Jim McKay Turf Sprint S. 96
So Sweetitiz 4F a6 1/2f (fm) SA 5/21 Mizdirection S. 94
Takeover Target 4C 1 1/16m (gd) PIM 5/21 Longines Dixie S. 94
Mizz Money 4F 1 1/16m (gd) PIM 5/21 Gallorette H. 87
Bullards Alley 4G 1 1/2m (gd) CD 5/21 Louisville H. 79
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/16-5/22) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Vocally 2F 4 1/2f (ft) SRP 5/16 C.O. Ken Kendrick Memorial S. 69
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/16-5/22) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Exaggerator 3C 1 3/16m (sy) PIM 5/21 Preakness S. 104
Marengo Road 3C 1m (gd) PIM 5/21 James W. Murphy S. 104
American Freedom 3C 1 1/16m (my) PIM 5/21 LARC Sir Barton S. 100
Conquest Enforcer 3C 7f (ft) WO 5/21 Queenston S. 98
He's So Zazzy 3G 6f (ft) CBY 5/22 Paul Bunyan S. 98
Justin Squared 3C 6f (my) PIM 5/21 Chick Lang S. 96
Lost Raven 3F 6f (ft) PIM 5/20 Adena Springs Miss Preakness S. 94
Go Maggie Go 3F 1 1/8m (ft) PIM 5/20 Black-Eyed Susan S. 93
Gone Away 3F 1 1/16m (fm) PIM 5/20 Hilltop S. 92
Lightstream 3F 7f (fm) BEL 5/21 Soaring Softly S. 90
Cowboy Cool 3G 6f (ft) ARP 5/22 Inaugural S. 89
Tiz Imaginary 3F 7f (ft) WO 5/22 Fury S. 87
River Jewel 3F 6f (ft) CBY 5/22 L'Etoile du Nord S. 86
School Board Prez 3F 1 1/16m (gd) BTP 5/22 Tomboy S. 82
About a Girl 3F 5f (ft) ASD 5/21 Miss Royal Gold S. 79


Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Exaggerator   PIM   1 3/16m (sy)   5/21   123.9
Disco Chick   PIM   6f (ft)   5/20   122.8
Bradester   MTH   1m (ft)   5/21   122.4
Always Sunshine   PIM   6f (my)   5/21   122.0
Noble Bird   PIM   1 3/16m (ft)   5/20   121.9
Paulassilverlining   BEL   6 1/2f (ft)   5/21   121.1
Second Summer   SA   1 1/8m (ft)   5/22   120.8
W. B. Smudge   CD   6f (ft)   5/19   120.7
Ahh Chocolate   PIM   1 1/8m (ft)   5/20   120.4
Sensitively   SA   6f (ft)   5/19   120.4
Wild Dude   SA   6 1/2f (ft)   5/21   120.2
Takeover Target   PIM   1 1/16m (gd)   5/21   120.1
Onus   BEL   1 1/16m (fm)   5/21   120.0
Thatcher Street   CD   1m (gd)   5/21   119.9
Coppa   SA   6 1/2f (ft)   5/21   119.9

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