It took five tries, but Exaggerator finally got the better of his nemesis, Nyquist, in the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico.
Exaggerator made an early move into contention along the inside on the backstretch of the 1 3/16-mile Preakness, was taken outside the leaders nearing the stretch, overpowered Nyquist in upper stretch, and drew off to win by 3 1/2 lengths.
Cherry Wine, who missed the Kentucky Derby when he was stranded on the also-eligible list, was up along the inside to best Nyquist for second by a nose. It was another half-length back to Stradivari in fourth.
Exaggerator paid $7.20 to win and was timed in 1:58.31 over a sloppy track.
Nyquist set a fast pace while racing on the outside of Uncle Lino, with Awesome Speed tracking the pace in third. Nyquist and Uncle Lino clicked off fractions of 22.38 seconds, 46.52, and 1:11.97. Nyquist got the best of Uncle Lino but could offer little resistance when Exaggerator challenged.
Exaggerator is trained by Keith Desormeaux, whose brother, jockey Kent Desormeaux was winning his third Preakness. He had previously won with Big Brown in 2008 and Real Quiet in 1998.
Exaggerator is only the third horse in the last 55 years to win the Preakness after finishing second in the Derby. Prairie Bayou turned the trick in 1993, as did Summer Squall in 1990.
Exaggerator had lost to Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby, San Felipe Stakes, Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and in a maiden race.
Exaggerator is now 3 for 4 over wet tracks. He won the Santa Anita Derby in the slop, the Delta Jackpot in the mud, and the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland over a muddy track.