iFlipInteresting race. So rarely do things go exactly as planned, but that is essentially what happened in this year's Kentucky Derby. Danzing Candy led initially, as planned. Nyquist took the late lead, as planned, and finished strong, again as planned.
As much as everyone hypes the Triple Crown and wants to see the horse go on to win it, I hope that Nyquist falls short. American Pharoah was a truly special horse. With the long drought in between Triple Crowns, it would take away a bit from Pharoah if another horse immediately repeats. Pharoah currently resides living the dream life. He is bred twice a day, and earns $200,000 for every foal.
I was at the Belmont Stakes for Pharoah's amazing Triple Crown. It was phenomenal. Historically, Triple Crown winners come in waves. Nyquist is a tremendously strong horse, winning every race he has entered thus far. The Preakness will no doubt add to the tale, but the Belmont Stakes is where history is written.
For today, Nyquist did well. That's what we should focus on. A strong performance by a strong horse, ridden by a talented jockey. We'll leave it to the wind to see which whispers find their way into the history books.
nyquist ran well but exaggerator was closing fast. comparing american pharoah's derby to nyquists is interesting, nyquist made his move earlier and seemed to start lagging towards the final yards of the race, pharoah moved later on and had to battle it out with a very impressive final burst, didn't pull away until the last little bit. if the race had been 100 yards longer nyquist would have lost, pharoah would have won by a much larger margin. it would be super neat to get another triple crown this year, but i honestly don't think its gonna happen. the belmont is long and grueling and lots of horses that enter haven't run in the other two legs and are a lot fresher.
also mad jealous you got to go to the belmont last year, that's an experience that will be hard to top. i still get chills and little choked up watching the race footage.
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