Nyquist’s rocky post-Kentucky Derby career a reflection of so many other champions

Absence of Nyquist Noticeable

LOS ANGELES — The mythology surrounding Nyquist was crushing. Here was a horse that not only couldn’t lose, he couldn’t be passed. His road to the Kentucky Derby was filled with brilliance, overcoming a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, outdueling Exaggerator at Santa Anita, humiliating an unbeaten Mohaymen on his home track in Florida… [Read more…]

2016 Preakness Reinforces how difficult it is to Capture the Triple Crown

 BALTIMORE — American Pharoah made us believe again, Nyquist reminded us Saturday that nothing really changed when that interminable Triple Crown drought ended last June. The quest to win all three of horse racing’s most legendary races is a nearly impossible one for all sorts of reasons, and it was silly to think that just because… [Read more…]

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist spikes temperature

 Belmont hopeful does not ship to New York

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist did not ship from Baltimore to New York to begin preparations for the Belmont Stakes as planned on Monday after he was found to have a 102 degree temperature, trainer Doug O’Neill confirmed via text message. The news was first reported by the Daily Racing Form. Nyquist suffered his first career loss… [Read more…]

Ability to Recover gives Exaggerator hope versus Nyquist

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BALTIMORE — Nyquist has won each of his eight career races and is favored to remain unbeaten at Saturday’s Preakness. But the Kentucky Derby champion’s September victory in the FrontRunner at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., is reason enough for Exaggerator trainer Keith Desormeaux to be optimistic.

Nyquist covered the FrontRunner’s 11/16 miles in 1… [Read more…]

How good is Nyquist and who can beat him?

Triple Crown Nyquist ran a perfect Kentucky Derby to validate his perfect career. He came out of the race in perfect health and made his way to Baltimore in perfect order. Sensing a theme here? As the Doug O’Neill-trained colt prepares for the 141st Preakness on Saturday, he does so as the rare horse with a genuinely flawless… [Read more…]

Will Nyquist win this Saturday’s Preakness?

 These factors may make the difference

It’s tough being the middle child. Just ask the Preakness. It wasn’t always that way. Eleven times before 1932, when the current order was established, the Preakness was run before the Kentucky Derby. Twice it was run the same day. The reality of the current order is that no race in America will be bigger than… [Read more…]

Triple Crown Hopeful Nyquist Prepares for Preakness

Triple Crown BALTIMORE — Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist ramped up his Preakness preparations Friday morning, galloping a mile in the drizzle at Pimlico Race Course.
“We’re very happy,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “He was much more relaxed early on in his gallop, and then he finished up strong. He’s cooling out super, so we’re happy with how the… [Read more…]

Nyquist takes first jog at Pimlico

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 Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist took his first steps on the track at Pimlico Race Course just after 8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, exhibiting the composure that has carried him to the top of his 3-year-old class.
Assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said everything has gone according to plan in Nyquist’s preparations for the May 21 Preakness. The bay… [Read more…]

Red Wings delight in Nyquist’s KY Derby

 Everybody loves a good horse story. Nyquist the horse made good on the odds and won the 142nd Kentucky Derby in 2:01.31. Saturday’s Derby played big for the Detroit Red Wings, because the favored horse, Nyquist, is named after forward Gustav Nyquist. Nyquist the horse is owned by die-hard Wings fan Paul Reddam. Nyquist the hockey… [Read more…]

Nyquist Remains Unbeaten with Kentucky Derby Win

Nyquist KY Derby 2016 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sometimes, horse racing turns out just like it was planned. Nyquist, a horse long on ability and detractors, left few questions remaining that he is the best 3-year-old in the country.
In a performance that was cheered wildly by the 167,227 in attendance at Churchill Downs on Saturday, he won the 142nd running… [Read more…]