- Chris Costello
As the Belmont Stakes approaches, will Exaggerator the Preakness Champ take the 3rd leg of the Tripl
After the Preakness, we learned just how good Exaggerator and Nyquist really are. I would say they are the two best three year olds in the country, but I can't right now. I believe sometime late this summer we will see a filly named Songbird run against the boys and show that she might be the best three year old in the country. Until then, we move on to the Belmont Stakes. First of all, I wish Nyquist a speedy recovery. He ran a gutsy race, but some will always question why his jockey had him chase around Uncle Lino at the beginning of the race. Exaggerator, on the other hand, ran the perfect race. Kent Desormeaux rode him brilliantly. He held Exaggerator back at the beginning, took him to the rail and then just let him roar. It was really impressive. As long as Kent and Exaggerator run their race I really don't see anyone beating them at the Belmont, but it is a mile and a half in the big sandy. Big Sandy is a huge task for any racehorse. So we don't have a triple crown winner this year and it just shows you how hard it really is winning all the races. What we do have is a potential rivalry, growing between Nyquist and Exaggerator. What we may have is a filly named Songbird that may run against the boys. What we may see is a loaded Breeders' Cup Classic with the likes of California Chrome, Beholder, Nyquist, Exaggerator and Songbird. What we have is another loaded all star horse classic with Stronach's Gulfstream World Champion Race. Despite no Triple Crown this year there is plenty to look forward to the rest of this horse racing season. See you soon at the Belmont Stakes as I'm sure you will be hearing the race caller say "Exaggerator roars down the stretch and wins the Belmont Stakes."