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Exaggerator Beats Fourth Place Nyquist in Haskell Invitational

Added on: Aug. 2, 2016

Exaggerator romped to a clear victory on Sunday 31st July, 2016, in the $1,015,000 Grade 1 Haskell Invitational to beat heavily favoured Nyquist who ended up finishing the race in fourth place. It was the first time that Nyquist had competed in a race since finishing in third place in the Preakness.

The weekend’s event was a great rematch of the three top runners from this year’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs which saw Nyquist beat runner up Exaggerator and third place Gun Runner. Heavy showers before the race turned Monmouth into a sea of slop which is the ideal running ground for Exaggerator but the worse kind of ground for Nyquist.

Both horses were looking to make their mark in the Haskell but it was Exaggerator who took advantage of Nyquist’s recent illness and claimed the victory in emphatic style. Nyquist ended up drawing the rail in the Haskell which in turn led to a dire strategic plan to flash speed. He managed to pull away early with extraordinary speed but was soon matched for speed by several other runners. As the homestretch approached, Exaggerator looked certain to win an indeed cruised to victory on the fast track.

Some of the other events that we can look forward to over the coming days include the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: Graduation S, $100,000g, 2yo, 5.5f on August 3rd. Also on this same day we have the Saratoga Race Course: Shine Again S, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 7f, Indiana Grand Race Course: Governor's S, $150,000a, 3yo, 8.32f and the Delaware Park: White Clay Creek S, $50,000g, 2yo f, 5.5f.

The following day is the Delaware Park: Strike Your Colors S, $50,000g, 2yo, 5.5f and two big races at Saratoga Race Course and then on August 5th is the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: Daisycutter H, $75,000a, 3&up f/m, 5f and the Saratoga Race Course: National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (gr. II), $200,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

There’s a busy schedule on Saturday 6th August with big events being held at Albuquerque, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Ellis Park, Gulfstream Park Racing Association, Harrah's Louisiana Downs, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Monmouth Park. You can also look forward to plenty of races at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, Ruidoso Downs, Saratoga Race Course, ThistleDown Racino and Woodbine. Sunday will also see lots of races at many of these same venues and at also various other top US race courses.