Race set for 6:45 p.m. Saturday
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2016) — Undefeated champion and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Nyquist leads the seven Keeneland sales graduates who are among the 11 horses entered in the 141st running of the $1.5 million Xpressbet.com Preakness (G1) on Saturday at Pimlico.
Nyquist is the 3-5 favorite for the 1 3/16-mile race for 3-year-olds. Post time is 6:45 p.m. ET.
Keeneland has sold 21 Preakness (G1) winners, including the four consecutive winners from 2010-2013: Lookin At Lucky, Shackleford, I’ll Have Another and Oxbow. Nyquist is the 20th Keeneland sales graduate to win the Kentucky Derby; 18 sales alumni have won the Belmont (G1).
Keeneland sales graduates entered in the 2016 Preakness are:
Awesome Speed (Awesome Again-Speedy Escape) – Allen Poindexter and Adena Springs bred the three-time stakes winner, who was consigned by Select Sales, agent, to Keeneland’s 2014 September Yearling Sale. Poindexter paid $80,000 for the colt, who races for Colts Neck Stables and trainer Alan Goldberg.
Collected (City Zip-Helena Bay [GB]) – Bob Baffert trains the Lexington (G3) winner for Speedway Stable. Runnymede Farm, which bred the colt with Peter J. Callahan, consigned him to the 2014 September Sale, where he was sold for $150,000 to SVG Thoroughbreds.
Exaggerator (Curlin-Dawn Raid) – Warrendale Sales, agent, consigned the Kentucky Derby runner-up to the 2014 September Sale, where Big Chief Racing purchased him for $110,000. The colt was bred by Joseph B. Murphy. Big Chief races the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner with Head of Plains Partners and Rocker O Ranch et al. He is trained by Keith Desormeaux.
Laoban (Uncle Mo-Chattertown) – Trained by Eric Guillot for McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable, Laoban is a graduate of two Keeneland sales. Denali Stud, agent, consigned the colt as a weanling to the 2013 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, where Milfer Farm, agent, purchased him for $40,000. He was consigned by Legacy Bloodstock, agent, to the 2014 September Sale, where GEM Stables acquired him for $260,000. Bred by Respite Farm, the colt was fourth in Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1) in his most recent start.
Nyquist (Uncle Mo-Seeking Gabrielle) – The Kentucky Derby winner, who was bred by Summerhill Farm, is a graduate of two Keeneland auctions. In 2013, Paramount Sales, agent, consigned him as a weanling to the November Sale, where he sold for $180,000 to Madison Farm. Dromoland Farm, agent, consigned him to the 2014 September Sale, where he was purchased by Sutton Place Stables for $230,000. Reddam Racing owns Nyquist, trained by Doug O’Neill.
Stradivari (Medaglia d’Oro-Bending Strings) – Winner of an allowance race by 14½ lengths during Keeneland’s 2016 Spring Meet, the colt races for breeder John D. Gunther in partnership with Michael B. Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier. Glennwood Farm offered the colt at the 2014 September Sale. He is trained by Todd Pletcher.
Uncle Lino (Uncle Mo-Haysee) – Trainer and co-owner Gary Sherlock, agent, paid $52,000 for the stakes winner at the 2014 September Sale. Darby Dan Farm consigned the colt, bred by JPR Stable. Sherlock races him with Tom Mansor and Purple Shamrock Racing.