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Second Day on Track at Keeneland....


Nyquist Ready to Do More

By Dick Downey
Photo by Dick Downey

On Sunday morning at Keeneland, Nyquist went to the track for the second time since winning the Florida Derby and put in an energetic jog.

Under exercise rider Jonny Garcia and beside a pony ridden by assistant trainer Jack Sisterson, the 2-year-old Champion went two laps clockwise on the outer rail.

"Words cannot describe how good he went. He teaches us something every day. It was scary good how he went today," Sisterson said after Nyquist returned to his barn.

Sisterson was asked about Saturday's Kentucky Derby prep races. He complimented Outwork on his win of the Wood Memorial and said Brody's Cause and Exaggerator were "visually impressive" running to victory in the Toyota Blue Grass and the Santa Anita Derby.

"Those two horses enhance Nyquist's form a bit, because he's run against both," Sisterson said.

Nyquist has beaten both horses. He defeated both Brody's Cause and Exaggerator in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and defeated Exaggerator in the San Vicente Stakes in February and in both horses' debut race last June 5.

Brody's Cause defeated Exaggerator in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland and finished one place ahead of him in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile when they ran third and fourth.

Things are going to pick up for Nyquist's training, and soon.

"I'm pretty sure he'll be galloping tomorrow," Sisterson said this morning. "If the weather is uncooperative, we'll go to the training track."

Nyquist is expected on the track at about 7:30 a.m. ET. As of this post, weather.com said there is a 60 percent chance of rain in Lexington on Monday with strong wind.


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