Nyquist works five-eighths in preparation for comeback

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TwinSpires Staff

June 25th, 2016

Edited Press Release

With regular rider Mario Gutierrez aloft, Kentucky Derby (G1)-winning Nyquist worked five furlongs in 1:02.07 at 12:48 p.m. (PDT) Saturday over Santa Anita's main track.

In his second recorded workout since tasting defeat for the first time in the Preakness (G1) May 21, the Doug O'Neill conditioned son of Uncle Mo came on the track via the quarter-mile chute and backtracked to the half-mile pole. At that point, he turned around and galloped through the stretch while well off the rail.

Approaching the half mile pole, Gutierrez angled Nyquist to the rail and guided him through splits of :26.08 and :49.20. Santa Anita Timer Dane Nelson had Nyquist galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.85.

O'Neill, who publicly expressed pleasure at the work, has said that several races are under consideration for Nyquist's next start, with the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita on November 5 his ultimate objective this year.

(Benoit Photos)