05/23/2016 3:26PM

The week that was in racing, May 16-23, 2016

John Bambury
Exaggerator wins the Preakness

Here's a collection of some of the biggest stories in horse racing, all in one place. Unless noted, all of the links here are to free stories on DRF.com.

Exaggerator finally beats Nyquist, wins Preakness

After four unsuccessful attempts at three different race tracks, Exaggerator finally beat his rival Nyquist and won the Grade 1 Preakness at Pimlico on Saturday. A hot early pace doomed Nyquist and helped make the difference for Exaggerator, and the loss did little to diminish Nyquist’s earlier accomplishments. Both horses are expected to meet again in the Belmont Stakes, but a slight fever for Nyquist has cast some doubts on his status [DRF Plus].

Go Maggie Go takes Black-Eyed Susan

Rebounding from a troubled-trip fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks two weeks ago, Go Maggie Go broke sharply Friday, sparred on the lead with Kinsley Kisses, then drew away to win Friday’s Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

Ben’s Cat just keeps winning

Ten-year-old gelding Ben’s Cat notched his 32nd career win in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint, the fifth time he’s won that race.

Other graded stakes

Noble Bird dominated his rivals in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special, winning by more than 11 lengths and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 110, the top figure of the week. Trainer Chad Brown earned yet another stakes win on turf as Takeover Target won the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes. Ahh Chocolate won the Grade 3 Allaire duPont Distaff, despite bleeding steadily from a cut above her right knee. Bob Baffert won the Preakness Stakes last year with American Pharoah, but this year he had to settle for wins on the Preakness undercard by American Freedom in the Sir Barton Stakes and Justin Squared in the Chick Lang.

Horses to watch

Santa Anita:

Trainer: Jim Cassidy
Last race: May 19, 8th
Finish: 5th by 5 1/2
Beyer: 63
This first-timer was only prepping in this turf sprint. Settled inside and finished without urging. Unusual Heat sibling to millionaire Moscow Burning can improve with distance and experience.

DRF Plus subscribers can see the rest of Brad Free’s horses to watch from last week by clicking here.

reporting by Jim Dunleavy, David Grening, Mike Hogan, Jay Privman, and Mike Watchmaker