2 horses die in first 4 races on Preakness Day undercard

Getty  AFP  Patrick SmithExaggerator ridden by Kent Desormeaux produced a masterful display on a sodden course to take the lead on the home straight and win the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes

Homeboykris (3), ridden by Horacio Karamanos, wins the first race of the day on a muddy track ahead of the 141st Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Baltimore.

Rain has fallen on Pimlico all morning and will continue to do so until throughout most of the afternoon and right up until the 6:45 p.m. ET post time, according to AccuWeather.com, and often times bettors are scared off when the weather report is less than favorable to the leading contender.

There was plenty of alcohol, of course, but the 55 degree temperatures and intermittent rain took some of the edge off Baltimore's biggest party of the year.

Expect a very damp day in Baltimore. The next year, he ran 16th in the Derby won by Super Saver with Major League Baseball manager Joe Torre a co-owner. "I believe he has the heart of a champion". Our thoughts go out to him, and the other owners, as well as the owners of Pramedya. He's a horse that acts like he's been running for a long time.

Exaggerator also proved to be a strong late finisher, maneuvering from the back of the pack on the final stretch to finish second at Churchill Downs. Exaggerator doesn't have the unimpeachable record of Nyquist, but he hasn't finished any worse than fifth place in 10 career races.

And so it did, shortly before the 8th race on Preakness Day.

Two talented new shooters - horses Nyquist didn't beat in the Derby - should also press the pace. Eye-catching allowance victor Stradivari is lightly raced but highly respected.

In a tragic start to Preakness day, two horses died and a jockey broke his collarbone in the first four races.

Nyquist at least has history on his side.

The Kentucky Derby victor appears to be the heavy favorite once again, given his vast experience on a number of different tracks and in various weather conditions. Won Champagne (gr. I) in '09.

Francis Campitelli claimed Homeboykris for $5,000 last December 31 for Stirrup Trouble LLC after he won a race at Laurel, Pimlico's sister track.

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