A dark bay or brown son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, Exaggerator had yet to beat Nyquist in three tries until the race on Saturday. Exaggerator won three of six starts at 2, taking the Saratoga Special in his third career race and stakes debut last August, and capping his juvenile campaign with a neck victory in the Delta Downs Jackpot in November. This year, Exaggerator also finished third in the San Felipe and romped in the slop to a 6 ¼-length score in the Santa Anita Derby before his try in the Derby, where he overcame traffic trouble from post 11 and came flying late to finish second.
For three consecutive years, an 811-sponsored jockey has won the Preakness Stakes.
In the photo above: From left to right, 811 sponsored Victor Espinoza in the winners circle at the Preakness Stakes in 2014; Victor Espinoza in the winners circle at the Preakness Stakes in 2016; Kent DesOrmeaux in the winners circle May 21, 2016 at the Preakness Stakes.