Preakness Winner Back on Track
By Dick Downey
Exaggerator was good to go Tuesday morning when he returned to the track at Pimlico.
“We’re really pleased with him,” said assistant trainer Julie Clark. “I was just talking to the groom, and even after two races back-to-back it still doesn’t look like he’s lost any weight…He’s doing great. It would be nice to have a little bit of a break from him sometimes because he’s always on his toes and squealing around, but it’s good to see.”
Clark said Exaggerator reduced the pressure of competing in the Triple Crown.
“It’s been pretty easy with this horse,” she said. “Often you have a little something, they’re not eating or they seem down or there’s something to worry about. With him there hasn’t been, so it takes a lot of pressure off and you can really just enjoy it for a change. So he’s made it real easy on everyone.”
Clark said Exaggerator will go to the track Wednesday, walk Thursday, return to the track Friday and Saturday and then ship to New York on Sunday.
Nyquist, third in the Preakness as the favorite, was doing all right Tuesday, but he's going to miss the Belmont because, according to his stable, his while blood cell count is elevated.
“He’s doing well this morning and his temperature is back to normal,” said assistant trainer Jack Sisterson before the blood test results were reported. “It was back to normal yesterday around lunch time. We monitored it throughout the day to make sure it did not elevate. He ate up last night and is looking bright-eyed this morning. We’re just waiting on blood results to make a plan, but he’s happy in his stall this morning. We’re just anxious to get the blood work.”