Nyquist pleased trainer O’Neill in his first work since becoming ill after the Preakness
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist is scheduled to work at 12:45 p.m. on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday before the first race, which is set to go at 1:30 p.m. Devotees of the 2015 Eclipse Award winner as champion two-year-old male will have an opportunity to see the son of Uncle Mo owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam strut his stuff on a pristine track.
“Anytime you’re the only one on a freshly groomed track, how do you not take advantage of that?” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “We’re very appreciative that Santa Anita is letting us do it and we’re looking forward to it.”
Supporters of Nyquist are ever-expanding.
“Sharla Sanders does a wonderful job handling all the social media activity for Nyquist,” O’Neill said. “He has a lot of fans.”
O’Neill is on record as saying plans for Nyquist’s comeback race will be decided on a work by work basis, but he noted on Friday, “In an ideal world we’d stay in California and not get on a plane. But we’ll play that by ear in the next few works and see what makes sense.”
Santa Anita’s admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, giving the public ample time for access to see Nyquist’s drill, which is expected to be at five furlongs under regular rider Mario Gutierrez.
Last Friday, Nyquist had his first workout since finishing third in the Preakness Stakes on May 21, going four furlongs in 48.60, breezing.
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