‘Growth Spurt’ Sends Nyquist Swimming At San Luis Rey

With regular rider Mario Gutierrez aboard, Kentucky Derby winning Nyquist worked five furlongs in 1:02.07 prior the first race June 25

According to the Daily Racing Form, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist is undergoing a growth spurt. Trainer Doug O’Neill has elected to send the sophomore son of Uncle Mo to San Luis Rey Downs for the next two weeks, where he will spend the time swimming.

“He’s shot up a couple inches, so we’re going to take it easy with him right now,” O’Neill said. “He came out of the Haskell tired, but as free and loose as he’s ever been. We just don’t want to put a saddle and rider on him while he’s going through this growth spurt.”

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is still Nyquist’s year-end goal, said O’Neill, despite his fourth-place finish in the Haskell. O’Neill is unsure whether he will have time for a race between now and Nov. 5. If Nyquist exits his swimming break well and O’Neill feels confident working the colt, the trainer will consider running him in the G2 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 24, six weeks before the Classic.

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