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3 yo. colt Curlin Dawn Raid
Two weeks after coming up 1 ¼ lengths shy of undefeated Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Exaggerator comes to Old Hilltop looking to turn the tables in the Preakness.
A dark bay or brown son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, Exaggerator has yet to beat Nyquist in three tries, also running second in the seven-furlong San Vicente (G2) in the season opener for both horses, and fourth, beaten three lengths, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall.
Exaggerator won three of six starts at 2, taking the Saratoga Special (G2) in his third career race and stakes debut last August, and capping his juvenile campaign with a neck victory in the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) in November.
This year, Exaggerator also finished third in the San Felipe (G2) and romped in the slop to a 6 ¼-length score in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) before his try in the Derby, where he overcame traffic trouble from post 11 and came flying late to finish second.