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Kentucky Derby Winner Nyquist To Train At San Luis Rey

Kentucky Derby Winner Nyquist To Train At San Luis Rey

28.08.2016, by Jim
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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist was conspicuous by his absence from the recently completed Pacific Classic at Del Mar and there were some questions about where he was, how his health was and what was next for the three year old son of Uncle Mo. On Monday, trainer Doug O’Neill answered all of those questions.

As to where he is, O’Neill said that Nyquist will remain at the San Luis Rey Training Center just a few miles up Interstate 5 from Del Mar. Right in the middle of a racing meet the track ‘Where The Surf Meets The Turf’ is a hectic place right now. O’Neill says he wanted Nyquist to be in the more relaxed environment of San Luis Rey, about 30 miles North of Del Mar and 100 miles South of Santa Anita: “We’re just getting him away from the racing. We love Del Mar, but with the five days of racing each week, the hustle is on. There’s a lot of action. Here, it’s much more relaxed.”

O’Neill continued to explain that Nyquist is healthy but he had wanted to give his colt some time off for general rest and relaxation and because of a ‘growth spurt’: “He was going through a growth spurt—getting a little taller. He was eating well and his energy level was good, but he was getting a little thin. We tried out San Luis Rey and couldn’t be happier. He’s had a pretty long campaign, so he deserves some time away to relax a little.” In addition to his ‘R&R’ he had some swimming added to his regimen which allowed him to ‘fill out’ while not gaining weight on his back.

Nyquist is also back in training, putting in his first workout since his fourth place finish in the Haskell. On Saturday, he ran a mile under regular exercise rider Jonny Garcia. O’Neill was pleased with the effort: “He was strong out there, and came back and cooled out great. He had a good, accelerated gallop going a mile, with the thinking that if he got tired, we wouldn’t overdo it.” Next up for Nyquist is the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on September 25.

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