Why You Should Bet On Nyquist to Win the PreaknessJosh Bailey
The big favorite to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21, is Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. The 8-0 three-year-old colt has done everything asked of him. He’s looked great since coming out of the Derby.
Winning 2 of 3 Triple Crown Races isn’t all that rare. It’s been done in 3 out of the past 4 years. That’s why Nyquist is 3 to 5 to take home the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown on May 21. But, even though Nyquist is a favorite, there still has to be reasons why he’s going to win on Saturday. Keep reading for my top 4 reasons you should bet on Nyquist to win the Preakness Stakes.
4 Reasons To Bet On Nyquist to Win the Preakness
What: 2016 Preakness Stakes
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Post Time: 6:19 PM ET
Where: Baltimore, MD
Stadium: Pimlico Race Course
Stream: NBC Sports Live
- Nyquist ran the fastest Kentucky Derby in 13 years
Nyquist’s Kentucky Derby winning time of 2:01.31 may not look like much when compared to Monarchos’s 1:59.97 winning time in 2001. But Nyquist’s Derby win was in the fastest time in 13 years. The last horse to win the Derby faster than what Nyquist won the Derby in was Funny Cide in 2:01.19 in 2003. Funny Cide would go on to win the Preakness Stakes. Horses that won the Preakness Stakes after winning the Kentucky Derby in a slower time than Nyquist include American Pharoah, California Chrome, I’ll Have Another, Big Brown, Street Sense and Smarty Jones.
- Nyquist has the ability to coast near a fast pace
This won’t show up in a racing form. What it means is that even though Nyquist could appear to be dueling on the lead or on a fast pace, he uses less energy than his opponents, which allows him to win almost every single duel. American Phaorah had this ability last year. He could coast on the lead, right off, or 2 to 3 lengths off. Nyquist can do that as well. Horses with this ability can out run their pedigree, which is why Nyquist was able to out run his opponents at 1 ¼ miles 2 weeks ago.
- Nyquist is undefeated
3-0 or even 4-0 horses may or may not have the will to win. A 4-0 horse could be 4- 0 because of the competition that the horse has faced, smart race selection via its connections, or simple luck. But when a horse is 8- 0, you can be assured that the horse has worked hard for that undefeated record. Nyquist won the Breeders Cup Juvenile, the signature race as a two-year-old and the Kentucky Derby, the signature race as a three-year-old. He’s a legitimate, undefeated, top notch horse.
- Nobody in the Preakness is good enough to beat him
Who’s going to beat the best three-year-old on the planet? Nyquist has already dropped Exaggerator, the 3/1 morning line second choice in the Preakness Stakes, numerous times. Stradivari, the third choice on the morning line, has only raced 3 times in his career. Is Laoban, Cherry Wine, Lani, whom Nyquist destroyed 2 weeks ago, Abiding Star or Collected going to beat him? Probably not.
2016 Preakness Stakes Post Positions & Morning Line Odds
- Cherry Wine 20-1
- Uncle Lino 20-1
- Nyquist 3-5
- Awesome Speed 30-1
- Exaggerator 3-1
- Lani 30-1
- Collected 10-1
- Laoban 30-1
- Abiding Star 30-1
- Fellowship 30-1
- Stradivari 8-1