Undefeated through victories in both the Florida and Kentucky Derbies prior to tasting defeat for the first time in the Preakness Stakes on May 21, trainer Doug O'Neill's Nyquist is scheduled to return to O'Neill's Barn 88 at Santa Anita at approximately 6:30 p.m. PDT.
Ensconced at Pimlico Race Course just outside Baltimore since the Grade I Preakness, Nyquist, whose flight was delayed by one hour this morning, left Baltimore at 12 noon EDT. His flight touched down briefly in Lexington, Ky., and is currently en route, along with his regular groom Elias Anaya, to nearby LA/Ontario International Airport, which is located 33 miles east of Santa Anita.
Owned by J. Paul Reddam, last year's Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male, Nyquist, who became the fourth Southern California or Santa Anita-based horse to win the Kentucky Derby in the last five years, ended up a gallant third, beaten 3 ½ lengths by 2016 Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator in the Preakness. The Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo now has eight wins from nine overall starts and has earnings of $5,119,200.
Although immediate plans for Nyquist have not been announced, his ultimate objective this year is the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, to be run at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.
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