06/01/2016 11:56AM

Nyquist getting ready to return to California

Michael Amoruso
Nyquist, here racing in the Preakness, is scheduled to fly back to Southern California on Sunday.

Nyquist, whose bid for a Triple Crown ended with a third-place finish in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 21, was scheduled to resume jogging at Pimlico on Thursday in advance of a flight to trainer Doug O’Neill’s base at Santa Anita on Sunday.

The winner of the Kentucky Derby on May 7, Nyquist was declared from the Belmont Stakes last week after he was found to have a high white blood cell count. O’Neill said on Wednesday that Nyquist has responded to treatment and will have light exercise before being flown to California.

“We gave him a few extra days to recover,” O’Neill said. “The illness is behind him. He’s off all antibiotics. The last blood work was good.”

O’Neill said that race plans for the summer have not been finalized for Nyquist, who is owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam.

“We’ll get him back Sunday, and we’ll have a better idea of where we’re going,” O’Neill said. “We won’t talk about spots until we get a few works.”

There are numerous options for Nyquist this summer, including leading stakes for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park and Saratoga or races against older horses at Del Mar.

At Saratoga, the leading races for 3-year-olds are the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes on July 30 and the $1.25 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 27. Monmouth Park’s top race for 3-year-olds is the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 31.

There are no lucrative stakes for 3-year-olds on dirt at Del Mar. Potential races against older horses include the $200,000 San Diego Handicap on July 23 and the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 20.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 is a long-range goal for Nyquist.

Nyquist was beaten for the first time in his career when he finished third, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, to Exaggerator in the Preakness Stakes. Nyquist was the champion 2-year-old male of 2015 and has won 8 of 9 starts for $5,119,200.

Leslie Burke Fernandes More than 1 year ago
Frank More than 1 year ago
maybe they can set this BCC up for him like they did for AP.  Have all the quality speed not enter or scratch out of the race...

I still cant get over what a disappointment the BCC was last year and for that matter the belmont stakes -- but hey horse racing needed a TC winner -- how is that working out for the sport now?

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hows your anger working for you?
redboy More than 1 year ago
I guess he likes talking to himself
Frank More than 1 year ago
i guess you also believe politicians and everything in the news too?  

you are one gullible individual.  Thanks for betting -- you money is needed in the pool so I can get better odds.
Thomas Georgetown More than 1 year ago
I would have guessed you lost money on the races you were disappointed with.
randall More than 1 year ago
I guess Honor Code and Tonalist,  who were 4-year-olds, don't count as valid competition.  Yeah Frank,  I guess AP's 120 Beyer was not that convincing either.
I imagine you were one of the chorus saying he couldn't hold up against older horses.
You and Andrew Beyer can both share your misery together. 

Frank More than 1 year ago
Randall -- get yourself a good handicapping book because you are missing one very important aspect of racing -- pace of the race....Honor Code and Tonalist had no chance that day with that field (both deep closers). 

Also one other important note about Beyers -- Horse frequently will set career beyer numbers when a race sets up perfectly for them.

Ken Goldfarb More than 1 year ago
There is some degree of truth BUT he ran a HUUUGE fig in the BCC and no one
was going to catch him .