O’Neill ‘Eager And Excited’ For Nyquist To Take On Top Challengers In Classic

by | 10.17.2016 | 4:16pm
Nyquist breezes at Santa Anita on Oct. 17

J. Paul Reddam's Nyquist breezed six furlongs over the Santa Anita surface Monday, earning the second-fastest time of the morning in 1:13. The Kentucky Derby winner's next scheduled start is the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 5, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

“This is home track; he loves it here, he's undefeated here,” O'Neill told bloodhorse.com. “I feel like we have a little home court edge running here at Santa Anita. His coat looks great. His appetite is good. He is loose in the warm-up. All good so far. There are $6 million reasons for the top horses to show up, but we're eager and excited for the challenge.”

The sophomore son of Uncle Mo finished third in the Preakness after winning the Derby, then sat out of the Belmont Stakes. He returned to the track to finish fourth in the Haskell Stakes, and most recently was sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby. In the Breeders' Cup Classic, Nyquist is likely to face California Chrome, undefeated in 2016, and Arrogate, record-setting winner of the Travers.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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