OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist wasn’t on his game for the $1 million Haskell Invitational. Preakness winner Exaggerator was.
Charging into the lead over a sloppy track, Exaggerator pulled off another victory over Nyquist and staked his claim as the leading 3-year-old colt in the country.
“We’re just so proud of him,” trainer Keith Desormeaux’s assistant Julie Clark said. “There was such anxiety as they came around the turn. To see him accelerate and pull away was awesome.”
Ten weeks ago in the slop at the Preakness, Exaggerator handed Nyquist his first loss and ended any chance of a Triple Crown repeat. Now, Nyquist has lost two in a row after winning his first eight races, and Exaggerator atoned for an 11th-place finish in the Belmont Stakes.
“The race was great, perfect, but we were a little…