Elevated White Blood Cell Count
By Dick Downey
Updated 1:51 p.m. ET
The Belmont Stakes will be run without Nyquist, per a report broken minutes ago.
According to the Doug O'Neill stable, blood test results show the 102-degree fever the Kentucky Derby winner spiked yesterday is secondary to an elevated white blood cell count.
The story was broken by David Grening at Daily Racing Form.
Jack Sisterson said later in the morning that Nyquist's temperature was "slightly elevated" today and that he will be monitored at Pimlico and then flown back to California. The camp is playing that part by ear.
Sisterson said Nyquist will be freshened for a summer campaign that will include "fun during the summer at Saratoga," presumably with the Travers Stakes as a goal.