10/16/2015 1:31PM

Nyquist works five furlongs toward BC Juvenile


ARCADIA, Calif. – Nyquist was hurried from the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7 into the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 26, winning both races to assume the role of leading 2-year-old in California.

The buildup to his next start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland on Oct. 31 is unfolding at a more tranquil pace. On Friday at Santa Anita, Nyquist had his second workout since the FrontRunner, going five furlongs in 1:01.80.

Working alone, Nyquist ran the last furlong in 12.20 seconds, according to trainer Doug O’Neill. Santa Anita clockers timed Nyquist galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.

Compared with the hectic September schedule, the additional time to the BC Juvenile is a bonus, said O’Neill.

“That was his first time going two turns,” he said of the 1 1/16-mile FrontRunner. “We have five weeks from there to the Breeders’ Cup, and that can only help.”

O’Neill said Nyquist will have one more workout at Santa Anita before shipping Oct. 25 to Keeneland.

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Also on Friday, the O’Neill-trained 2-year-old filly Land Over Sea worked five furlongs in 59.80. She was second in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes on Sept. 26 and is a probable starter for the BC Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 31.

O’Neill’s list of Breeders’ Cup hopefuls lost a candidate Friday when Gomo was declared from the BC Juvenile Fillies because of a bone chip in an ankle. O’Neill’s group could include Jimmy Bouncer, who is being considered for either the BC Sprint or the BC Turf Sprint.

Jimmy Bouncer finished third in the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes on the hillside turf course Oct. 3 but was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference in late stretch.

Gomo, Jimmy Bouncer, Land Over Sea, and Nyquist are owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam.