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Nyquist out of the Belmont Stakes, headed back to California

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The expected rematch of Nyquist and Exaggerator, winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown, will not happen at the Belmont Stakes after all.

Nyquist trainer Doug O'Neill said Tuesday morning that the 3-year-old colt's blood work showed an elevated white cell count and his temperature, after being normal earlier in the morning, was back ...Read more

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist spikes temperature, does not ship to New York

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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist did not ship from Baltimore to New York to begin preparations for the Belmont Stakes as planned on Monday after he was found to have a 102 degree temperature, trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed via text message.

The news was first reported by the Daily Racing Form.

Nyquist suffered his first career loss in nine starts...Read more

Desormeaux brothers atop racing world, eyeing Belmont after Exaggerator win in Preakness

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For trainer Keith Desormeaux, Exaggerator's victory in the 141st Preakness was not about a deepening rivalry with Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist or about upending the latest quest for a Triple Crown.

It was more personal than that, both because he achieved his career highlight in tandem with his younger brother, jockey Kent Desormeaux, and ...Read more

Nyquist's unbeaten run and Triple Crown bid are ended by Exaggerator in a muddy Preakness Stakes

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BALTIMORE -- Trainer Keith Desormeaux always hates to talk about what it means to have brother Kent riding for him in some of the most important races of their lives.

He doesn't like that people expect them to be awash in family love. You know, Wally and the Beaver times three.

So, there it was after his colt Exaggerator stopped Nyquist's ...Read more

Exaggerator surges past Nyquist to win Preakness

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BALTIMORE -- Doug O'Neill trains without fear. If one of his horses is going to lose, it won't be because the rider is passive. O'Neill had so much faith in his unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, that he was willing to risk his horse's having to battle through quick fractions in Saturday's Preakness rather than getting trapped near the ...Read more

Exaggerator chases down Nyquist to win 141st Preakness

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BALTIMORE -- Through a string of races in California and the biggest one of them all in Kentucky, they chased Nyquist.

Twice trainer Keith Desormeaux thought they had him hooked and ready to pass. Each time, Nyquist found an extra gear.

Persistence paid off Saturday when Exaggerator finally passed his rival with a mighty charge to win the ...Read more

Horses Pramedya and Homeboykris die at early Preakness Day races

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BALTIMORE -- Maryland-bred Homeboykris, a 9-year-old horse that ran in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, collapsed and died after winning the first race at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, according to a Pimlico official.

More misfortune struck in the final turn of Race 4 when Pramedya, a 4-year-old filly running out of the No. 8 position, collapsed on ...Read more

Much like NFL, Maryland horse racing heightens focus on concussion safety for jockeys

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BALTIMORE -- Jockeys don't need to be racing to take a spill. Last month, during a post parade at Laurel Park, Trevor McCarthy's horse reared up and tossed the 22-year-old rider, who slammed into the ground.

Immediately, McCarthy, one of Maryland's top jockeys, underwent a battery of tests at the track administered by a sports medicine ...Read more

Exaggerator needs a victory to make it a real rivalry

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BALTIMORE -- Few things make sports more interesting than a good rivalry. Even if that rivalry might be nothing more than wishful thinking.

Horse racing was widely popular in 1978 when Affirmed and Alydar hooked up in the three Triple Crown races. Affirmed won them all by a total of less than two lengths.

Now, with a Triple Crown for the ...Read more

On eve of Preakness Stakes, confidence overflowing from Nyquist camp

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BALTIMORE -- The smile hasn't left trainer Doug O'Neill's face since ... well, it just hasn't.

He hasn't given any outward sign that conditioning an unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner brings added stress to one's life. O'Neill has, in fact, remained so loose that he was asked multiple times Friday on the Pimlico Race Course backstretch whether he ...Read more

Could Nyquist make it back-to-back Triple Crowns?

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BALTIMORE -- American Pharoah answered the question that had hung over every Preakness and Belmont Stakes for 37 years: Which horse would finally end the Triple Crown drought?

Now that the heir to Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed is out to stud on a farm in Kentucky, a new question has dominated the run-up to Saturday's 141st Preakness at...Read more

Uncle Lino likes to go to the front

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BALTIMORE -- There they were, two old friends from Pleasanton, Calif., looking at the horse they say can beat Nyquist and win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

Gary Sherlock, the trainer of Uncle Lino, stood back leaning against a fence early Thursday outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course while Tom Mansor, the principal owner, inspected the ...Read more

Abiding Star makes it to Pimlico, set to battle heavyweights in Preakness

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BALTIMORE -- Before he arrived at Pimlico Race Course on Thursday morning, the most immediate threat to Abiding Star's Preakness hopes was not Nyquist or the weather or a bad post position.

It was an equine herpesvirus quarantine that, until lifted Tuesday afternoon, had kept the son of Uncle Mo at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., since April 1.

...Read more

Nyquist jockey Mario Gutierrez glad to be back in Preakness

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BALTIMORE -- In his return to Pimlico Race Course, jockey Mario Gutierrez has been asked to compare his mount in Saturday's Preakness, the undefeated Nyquist, to I'll Have Another, the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion.

Perhaps more important are the differences between the Mario Gutierrez of 2012 and 2016.

After I'll Have Another -- ...Read more

Nyquist draws third post, is 3-5 morning line Preakness favorite

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BALTIMORE -- Undefeated Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist will start from the No. 3 post in Saturday's Preakness as he aims to become the second Triple Crown winner in two years.

Nyquist, the 3-5 favorite in the morning line, has answered every question asked of him in his career. And trainer Doug O'Neill sounded none too worried about Wednesday'...Read more

Baffert's Preakness contender Collected keeping Speedway Stable on fast track

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The business of owning Thoroughbreds is not supposed to look so easy. It's not supposed to be a venture where, less than two years after buying their first horse in partnership, an ownership group already has multiple graded stakes winners including one set to start in a Triple Crown race.

It is a credit to the team Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner ...Read more

Ability to recover gives Exaggerator hope against Nyquist in Preakness

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BALTIMORE -- Nyquist has won each of his eight career races and is favored to remain unbeaten at Saturday's Preakness. But the Kentucky Derby champion's September victory in the FrontRunner at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., is reason enough for Exaggerator trainer Keith Desormeaux to be optimistic.

Nyquist covered the FrontRunner's 11/16 ...Read more

With Parx Racing quarantine lifted, Abiding Star set to run in Preakness

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With the equine herpesvirus quarantine at Parx Racing lifted Tuesday afternoon, Abiding Star is set to join the Preakness field this Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

All Preakness runners must be on the grounds by noon Thursday, and trainer Ned Allard will van the 3-year-old colt over from the Pennsylvania racetrack Thursday morning.

Sam ...Read more

Will Nyquist win the Preakness? These factors may make the difference

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It's tough being the middle child. Just ask the Preakness.

It wasn't always that way. Eleven times before 1932, when the current order was established, the Preakness was run before the Kentucky Derby. Twice it was run the same day.

The reality of the current order is that no race in America will be bigger than the Kentucky Derby. And no race ...Read more

Trips to Pimlico remind Kent Desormeaux of his untouchable prime

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The memories are clear, unvarnished over more than three decades and thousands of victories.

Each time Kent Desormeaux returns to Maryland, as he will this week for the 141st Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, there's a good chance someone will remind him about something he did in his early years as a teenage phenom tearing up...Read more