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Exaggerator Galloping Again

By Dick Downey

Exaggerator returned to the track at Pimlico with an easy gallop on Saturday after walking the shedrow on Thursday and Friday.

Assistant trainer Julie Clark said Exaggerator ran just over a mile.

“He’s fabulous. He’s his usual self. He was actually very relaxed on the track,” Clark said. “He’s gotten a little more comfortable out there and galloped around easy, came back and came out here to graze after he cooled out. He’s pretty happy. It’s nice and quiet, so I think he really enjoys it here. It’s a nice break before we hit Belmont and gear back up.”

The weather has heated up a bit in Baltimore, but Clark said it hasn't affected Exaggerator much.

“He was maybe blowing a little more than normal but wasn’t sweaty. It was just starting to get warm,” she said. “The horses before and after him came back a little more sweaty than he was, but I think he’s a lot more fit than them so it doesn’t affect him as much.”

Exaggerator will walk Sunday morning before leaving around 7:00 for Belmont Park by van. He was also vanned from Louisville to Baltimore. While in New York, Exaggerator will be stabled with trainer Mark Casse’s horses.

“I went and checked it out while I was over there, and it’s great. They’ve redone all those barns and there’s a jogging track in there,” Clark said. “It’s secluded and quiet, so I think he’ll like it.”

All Quiet for Nyquist

Nyquist, declared out of the Belmont early this week, will be walked in the mornings pending his return to California on June 5.


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