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Trainer Doug O'Neill upbeat after Derby winner Nyquist draws No. 3 post for Preakness

Trainer Doug O'Neill upbeat after Derby winner Nyquist draws No. 3 post for Preakness

After Nyquist drew the No. 13 post in the Kentucky Derby, owner Paul Reddam looked at trainer Doug O'Neill and said he thought the number might be lucky.

O'Neill put an equally upbeat spin on the No.3 after the undefeated Derby champion drew that post for Saturday's Preakness.

"Well, No. 3 is like 13 without the one coming to the party," O'Neill said with his typical easy grin. "In an ideal world, we wanted to be outside of all the speed horses, but that would've been too good. We're so blessed to have such an amazing horse who has so many gifts, one of them being that he leaves the gate running. So we feel good about No. 3."

Nyquist, the 3-5 favorite...

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