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Desormeaux Says All Is Well....


Exaggerator Forwardly Training

By Dick Downey

Exaggerator jogged two miles over the main track at Pimlico on Wednesday morning, his second day on the track since Saturday.

Trainer Keith Desormeaux said all is well for the Preakness winner.

“He’s good. He jogged a couple rounds on the track and he looks no worse for wear. He’s eating up his feed and his legs are tight and cold,” Desormeaux said. “He’s just doing all the things we want our horses to do post-race.”

Exaggerator is one of the rare horses that doesn't experience much down time after a big race.

“I can’t quite explain it. They usually are a little down after a race. I think if a horse is fit and right mentally going into a race, they should recover quickly. They’re fit athletes,” Desormeaux said. “We give them time to recover, and as long as they have a good mental constitution, a return to normalcy in 24 to 36 hours is not out of the question. He does it with regularity.”

Desormeaux has a plan in mind to prepare for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes this week.

“He’s going to walk a couple of days, Thursday and Friday, and then we’ll gallop him again on Saturday and roll to Belmont on Sunday,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nyquist is going in a different direction.

“He’s doing great. We got the blood back yesterday and, as you guys know, with a slightly elevated white count," assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said. "His temperature just spiked a little bit again. Doug wants to do the right thing by Nyquist and get him 100 percent right before we make a plan moving forward. He’s great. We’re taking the right precaution with the aspect of getting him back right. We’ll get him back to California once he’s 100 percent. We won’t make any major plans as of yet.”


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