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Exaggerator wins Preakness, upsets Canadian-owned Nyquist

Click to play video: 'Mario Gutierrez supporters disappointed at Preakness loss' Mario Gutierrez supporters disappointed at Preakness loss
WATCH: Local fans of Mario Gutierrez headed out to Hastings Racecourse today, but were disappointed with the results on the other side of the continent. Samantha Falk reports – May 21, 2016

BALTIMORE — Exaggerator has won the Preakness, ruining Nyquist’s bid to become horse racing’s second Triple Crown winner in two years.

Racing in the rain on a sloppy track late Saturday, Exaggerator finally beat Nyquist after losing to the Kentucky Derby winner four times previously.

It was the first loss for Nyquist – ridden by former Vancouver jockey Mario Gutierrez – who won his first eight races.

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Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by his brother Keith, Exaggerator took charge at the 3/16th pole and outlasted the tiring Nyquist down the stretch.

Cherry Wine finished second and Nyquist— the 3-5 favorite — took third.

In spite of the rain and temperatures that hovered in the mid-50s, track officials estimated the crowd to be 134,000 — a new Preakness record.

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The day got off to a somber start when two horses died and a jockey was injured early in the undercard.

 

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