Oh no! Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not be competing in the Belmont Stakes after doctors confirmed he’s too sick to compete. We’re so disappointed, but doctors don’t want to take any chances!
Unfortunately, even animals can reach their breaking point. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not run at the Belmont Stakes because he’s sick! After doctors received some alarming test results, it was decided the colt shouldn’t return to the race until he’s healthy again.
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Poor Nyquist. The colt’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, confirmed he would not be able to compete in the Stakes on May 24. It appears Nyquist’s sickness isn’t a common cold either. Test results came back revealing that the colt had an elevated white blood cell count and a temperature of 101.2, according to The New York Times. That’s a full a degree above normal for an animal of his size! No wonder doctors made the decision to take him out of the race.
In hopes of getting Nyquist back on his feet, doctors have given him antibiotics. “We’re going to put him on stronger antibiotics, get him right, get him back to California and let him relax and recover from the trip,” Doug told the Daily Racing Form.
It’s so sad to hear the Derby winner won’t be competing, but it’s what’s best for him. “Doug wants to do what’s best for Nyquist — get him back to 100 percent health-wise and get him back to California,” Doug’s assistant, Jack Sisterson said. Considering the fact the two horses suddenly died during the Preakness Stakes after the first four races, this is definitely a smart move.
Unfortunately, the news means that fans will not see a rematch between him and Exaggerator, who ended Nyquist’s chances at a Triple Crown, when Exaggerator dominated at the Preakness. But hopefully with the antibiotics and the much needed rest, Nyquist will be on his feet in no time.
But with Nyquist out of the competition, that leaves Exaggerator as the favorite to take Belmont, with Derby contender, Suddenbreakingnews following close behind.
Although Nyquist will be absent for the June 11 event, Doug hopes to have the colt back in the competition by July or August, which means he might be able to compete in the Saratoga Stakes.
HollywoodLifers, are you bummed Nyquist is out of Belmont? Who will you be rooting for?