05/12/2016 11:26AM

Preakness: Brody's Cause, Suddenbreakingnews to await Belmont Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Brody's Cause (above) will run in the Belmont and leave the Preakness to his Dale Romans stablemate Cherry Wine.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There will be no Preakness for Brody’s Cause, nor for Suddenbreakingnews. Now all that remains from those conquered by Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby are Exaggerator and Lani, with a decision still pending from the Gun Runner camp.

As of Thursday, Nyquist topped a lineup of at least 11 3-year-olds likely for the 141st Preakness on May 21 at Pimlico in Baltimore, where entries for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown will be taken and drawn Wednesday.

Trainer Dale Romans, who still will have Cherry Wine in the Preakness, briefly thought about the Preakness for Brody’s Cause before coming to the realization that the June 11 Belmont Stakes is a better option for the late-running colt. Brody’s Cause, the winner of the Blue Grass Stakes, was never a threat when seventh in the Derby last Saturday at Churchill Downs.

“There’s the time between races, the distance, all the factors everybody already knows about,” said Romans. “The horse came out of the race great, but still, this is our best option.”

Likewise, the connections of Suddenbreakingnews, fifth in the Derby, will point for the Belmont after flirting with the idea of a Preakness trip.

“Bottom line is it’s the best thing for the horse,” said trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel.

On a very quiet Thursday morning at Pimlico, Nyquist returned to training for a second day, merely jogging two miles over a sloppy and sealed racetrack as assistant Jack Sisterson looked on. Trainer Doug O’Neill was scheduled to arrive later Thursday from California and will be on hand for the duration.

O’Neill does not plan to breeze Nyquist but instead will stick with an alternating pattern of gallops and jogs, as he did in the days leading up to the Derby.

Owned by the Reddam Racing LLC of Paul Reddam, Nyquist won the Derby by 1 1/4 lengths over Exaggerator for his eighth straight victory. The Uncle Mo colt is attempting to become the only undefeated horse besides Seattle Slew in 1977 to sweep the Triple Crown.

Most of the prospective field for the Preakness is still in Kentucky. Exaggerator will leave Sunday and Fellowship on Monday by van, while two equine air charters scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday out of Louisville International Airport are expected to transport Cherry Wine, Collected, Dazzling Gem, and Laoban.

As for Gun Runner, third in the Derby, trainer Steve Asmussen said he is “very happy” with how the colt came out of the race but gave no time frame on when a Preakness decision will be announced. Asmussen already has about six horses booked on the flights.

Trainer Brad Cox has not fully committed Dazzling Gem but said if the colt works well Saturday at Churchill, he intends to run.

The other horses expected for the Preakness are Awesome Speed, Lani, Stradivari, and Uncle Lino. Trainer Jorge Navarro has declared Sharp Azteca from consideration.

◗ Laoban is scheduled to breeze Saturday in the relative quiet of Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., following a five-furlong workout that went untimed last weekend.

“I got him in 1:02 and change Sunday,” said trainer Eric Guillot, noting that skeleton clocking crews in the offseason months at Keeneland sometimes do not catch workers. “It was in the slop, and I put him in behind another horse to get him used to coming from off it.”

Laoban, by Uncle Mo, is a maiden in five career races but has run creditably in his last three starts, finishing third in the Sham, second in the Gotham, and fourth in the Blue Grass. Like Cherry Wine, the colt actually was listed on the Derby program as an also-eligible but failed to draw in.

Guillot said Thursday he is in the process of securing a Preakness jockey for Laoban and was hoping to land Irad Ortiz Jr.

◗ Keith Feustle doesn’t want to be known as “Mister 3-5,” but it looks like his record as the program oddsmaker for the Preakness will stay perfect.

“I had 3-5 on California Chrome and 3-5 on American Pharoah,” said Feustle, who began making the morning line at Pimlico and Laurel Park in 2014 and composes race charts for Equibase on the Maryland circuit. “And the way this is shaking out, it looks like I’ll probably have 3-5 on Nyquist, too.”

Feustle said second choice Exaggerator figures to be in the 3-1 to 4-1 range, with Gun Runner the third choice if he runs. If Gun Runner doesn’t run, then Stradivari probably will be the third choice.

Steve Lerner More than 1 year ago
The only real question about this race is can Exaggerator make his move sooner and give Nyquist a fight?  Or is Nyquist just superior?  Appears these two are well ahead of the others getting entered.
ClintPoynor More than 1 year ago
For the record. There is no trainer out there that is thinking of spoiling a triple crown bid. The option to give your horse extra time between races is a choice. Instead of running in a race just to have the prestige of saying you were in the field and putting more stress on the horse. If in fact this results in a spoiler then so be it. Thats why it takes a spectaculer horse such as the past winners to pull this off.
John Zerblis More than 1 year ago
I agree wholeheartedly with this.
Pat Lyons More than 1 year ago
Its easy folks &  fans ... 2/5 -3/5  are the betting odds ... #nyquist  will be #tripleCrownWinner as i #predicted last year as soon as #americanPharoah was to be retired afta his 3yr old campaign... i made the Bold prediction that another #tripleCrownWinner this year or 2017 #gteed #Boom #worldFamousPatLyons baby,  yu need to race the horse as a 4yr old to continue to draw #NewFans #newBlood into our #sportOfKings - 2yr & 3yr isnt enuf / 37 yrs we waited,,, & yes i #predicted last yr #americanPharoah would b #tripleCrownWinner #inWriting B4 #kentuckyDerby 1st time i ever boldly stated such... #ImCoolLikeThat #loveLife #GodIsGood 
C More than 1 year ago
You must be the greatest handicapper of all time!  I particularly like your humility ...  BTW, I did predict American Pharoah last year and Nyquist this year, but I keep it to myself (until now)

Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
god you are good,what about real quiet,smarty jones,big brown,cal chrome,im sure the racing gods told you they would win also.and pat you are so right this game is so easy.
jeffmejia33 More than 1 year ago
Weird how when there is NO Triple Crown on the line trainers are quick to say that running in the Belmont 1 and 1/2 mile distance makes no sense because it does nothing for the horse's future breeding stud fee; so they skip the final jewel and take their horse home.  BUT after the Derby trainers will hold their steed over and skip the Preakness because it's in the best interest of the horse.  Really?  So running your horse in a mile and a half dirt race is in the best interest of your horse?  Perhaps these trainers are waiting to see if there is a Triple Crown hopeful that they would like to spoil has something to do with it?  Let's be honest, boys, not all the readers believe what they read nor are they so gullible.  
Paul Lee More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the multi race wagers, I made some money. (Oaks-Derby double and Oaks, Woodford, Derby pick 3. Nyquist shoved it up me while I was sitting on having healthy future wager on Exaggerator at 27-1 and Mymansam 65-1. I guess that's the risk of playing future book but I am still a head of the game from past future wagers.  I normally try to future bet on my trips into Vegas during early winter. Hell its better than wasting it on lottery tickets.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Most of the trainers said "its not in their best interests to run their horse two weeks later". It doesnt surprise me that these two trainers dont have their horse's best interest in mind.  Stronach is running a race that doesnt have the best interest in mind.  Just money
Ken Herlich More than 1 year ago
Nyquist with an103 beyer going a mile and a quarter can win the Belmont going a mile and a half!!! how many people lost money betting on pedigree? 
Paul Lee More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the multi race wagers, I made some money. (Oaks-Derby double and Oaks, Woodford, Derby pick 3. Nyquist shoved it up me while I was sitting on having healthy future wager on Exaggerator at 27-1 and Mymansam 65-1. I guess that's the risk of playing future book but I am still a head of the game from past future wagers.  I normally try to future bet on my trips into Vegas during early winter. Hell its better than wasting it on lottery tickets.

Ken Herlich More than 1 year ago
I was at Belmont  and watched Sham wash out when big red walked in the paddock he wanted no part of that monster, this is the third time Exaggerator will have to look at Nyquist, I will be watching the post parade closely   
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
ken,im a horse player and believe me i get it,but i dont think the beyer # in this case is the right #. i will back up my argument, by the rain fall that happened just before the prior race. i think it made the dirt track more glib and i dont believe it was a true time. we can argue all day but the proof will be in the pudding when nyquist ,of course runs on a fast race track at pimlico and  duplicates or exceeds the derby beyer. i dont think it will be near 95, probably even lower,we will just have to wait and see. just to further stress my point both gun runner and nyquist were so close to a fast half,im not googling,about 45 and they were still around at the end. i dont think nyquist will be able to hold off exaggerator this time i think exaggerator will final have nyquist #. and in no way is this group of 3 year olds close in talent to the prior 2 years,they are an ordinary bunch
Ken Herlich More than 1 year ago
Nyquist will be better this time 
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
no way
realgooddogtoo More than 1 year ago
SBN will be tough in the Belmont , but he need a New York rider or Mike Smith, Quinonez is a decent rider in the minor tracks, but he doesn't have what it takes to ride in triple crown races. Nothing personal , just an opinion on what I think SBN needs to win the Belmont
John Gibbs More than 1 year ago
Been a big Midwest fan of Quinonez for a while but agree with you. The right rider we make everyone see just what a good horse SBN is.
Kenneth Conley More than 1 year ago
Now find SBN a jock for the Belmont. Needs a jock with a better clock ! Jock is good,but have left plenty of money at the wire.G1 race give G1 jock a try. Just saying.
Ron Beal More than 1 year ago
Typical Belmont pace will make it tough for him, but I totally agree re jockey change.
 Between pace and path decisions, Quinonez has not done this horse justice. 
John Gibbs More than 1 year ago
SBN ran much closer as a 2YO. They have five weeks to work on breaking better.
Mark More than 1 year ago
On the line this year.