Nyquist takes another twice-around jog, to gallop Monday

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TwinSpires Staff

April 10th, 2016

Edited press release from Keeneland

Reddam Racing’s Nyquist jogged two times around the main track accompanied by a pony before the Sunday morning renovation break with exercise rider Jonny Garcia up.

“I am pretty sure he is going to gallop tomorrow,” said Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill.

Undefeated in seven starts and the favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1), the son of Uncle Mo had the same exercise Saturday on his first day back at the track following his victory in the April 2 Florida Derby (G1).

With rain in the forecast for later Sunday and overnight into Monday, Nyquist could go to Keeneland’s all-weather training track Monday.

“That’s the beauty of Keeneland,” Sisterson said. “We plan to go to the main track, but if it is real sloppy, we can go to the training track.”

Sisterson was asked what he thought about the results of Saturday’s three Kentucky Derby preps and challengers to Nyquist in Louisville.

“I know I’d like to have some of Uncle Mo,” Sisterson said in reference to Wood Memorial (G1) winner Outwork, also a son of Uncle Mo as is Nyquist. “And Brody’s Cause winning (the Blue Grass [G1]) here yesterday and Exaggerator in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), that flatters Nyquist a little more because he beat them both in the Breeders’ Cup. We feel fortunate to be in the position we are in.”

Photo from Saturday courtesy Keeneland/Coady Photography.