Thursday, May 19 2016
Nyquist 3-5 Morning-Line Favorite for Saturday’s Preakness
Undefeated Kentucky Derby Hero Draws No. 3 Post
Derby Runner-Up Exaggerator Rated Second at 3-1
Preakness Card Features 6 Guaranteed Pools Totaling $4.15 Million
– Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist was installed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite following Wednesday’s post position draw for Saturday’s 141st running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.
The undefeated Kentucky Derby (G1) hero is scheduled to meet 10 rivals in the $1.5 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, breaking from the No. 3 post position under jockey Mario Gutierrez. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the son of Uncle Mo captured the May 7 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs by a comfortable 1 ¼ lengths, maintaining his unblemished record with his eighth career victory and fifth Grade 1 stakes success.
Sunday, May 15 2016
Unified stays unbeaten with G2 Peter Pan victory
ELMONT, N.Y. - Centennial Farms' Unified surged to the lead heading into the stretch and then held off a late challenge from Governor Malibu to win Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
The victory was the third in as many starts and second in a graded stake for the bay son of Candy Ride, who won the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct Racetrack in April in front-running fashion.
Wake Forest valiant in G1 Man o’ War
ELMONT, N.Y. - European import Wake Forest unleashed a tenacious rally from the back of the pack in his Belmont Park debut to grab his first North American win and top a Chad Brown-trained exacta with a one-length victory over stablemate Money Multiplier in the Grade 1, $400,000 Man o' War on Saturday.
Off a step slow at the break, German-bred Wake Forest saved ground at the back of the nine-horse field, trailing an early pace set by Go Around who led the group through an opening quarter-mile in 24.24 seconds. Tracked closely by Money Multiplier, the leader covered the half-mile in 49.24 and six furlongs in 1:13.83.
Friday, May 13 2016
O’Neill Feels ‘Positive Energy’ from Nyquist
Derby Winner Jogs 2 Miles with ‘Great Energy’
Lani on Course to Make Preakness History
– Trainer Doug O’Neill rejoined Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist at Pimlico Thursday morning after spending the previous few days overseeing his Southern California-based stable. The veteran conditioner liked what he saw in the 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo, who is scheduled to continue his Triple Crown quest in the 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico May 21.
“He looks fantastic. The guys are all happy. He’s a horse that gives off such positive vibes,” O’Neill said. “He still continues to talk to us in his own way, and he’s doing really well.”
Familiar Faces Return to Pimlico with Team O’Neill
Nyquist Camp Looks to Duplicate 2012 Preakness Success
- Four years after his first Preakness victory, trainer Doug O’Neill and a very familiar crew are back at Pimlico Race Course with another Kentucky Derby winner. About the only noticeable change is the horse. In 2012, it was I’ll Have Another. This year’s star for the May 21 Preakness Stakes is Nyquist.
Sophomores look to take flight in G2 Peter Pan
ELMONT, N.Y. - Eight up-and-coming 3-year-olds, each with an eye on the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, will line up Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan, Belmont Park's traditional prep for the final leg of the Triple Crown on June 11.
The 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan is one of four graded stakes at Belmont on Saturday's 11-race card, which also features the first Grade 1 of the year, the $400,000 Man o' War at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf, along with the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian for fillies and mares and the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay for turf fillies and mares.
Cavorting, Carrumba face off in G2 Ruffian
ELMONT, N.Y. - An intriguing matchup between two top 4-year-old fillies is set to take place on Saturday at Belmont Park when Stonestreet Stables's Cavorting and Phipps Stable's Carrumba headline the 40th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian at one mile.
Kaigun returns to Belmont in G1 Man o’ War
ELMONT, N.Y. - Multiple graded stakes winner Kaigun will look to establish himself as a dominating force in this year's turf male division, facing eight rivals in the first Grade 1 of Belmont Park's spring/summer meet, the $400,000 Man o' War at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf on Saturday.
Sunday, May 08 2016
Kentucky Derby Update: Sun 5/8
DERBY WINNER NYQUIST HEADING TO PIMLICO MONDAY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 8, 2016)
– Trainer Doug O’Neill was at Barn 41 shortly after 5 a.m. to give a check on his Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist Sunday and the readout was a good one.
“He’s doing great,” O’Neill said. “He had his head out over the webbing, looking bright eyed. He ate it all up last night. Couldn’t be doing better. He’s just such a special horse.”
O’Neill had the horse jogged down the shedrow for a just-in-case look, but that turned out fine, too. By 6 o’clock the Uncle Mo colt had been walked, bathed and put back into his stall.
2016 KENTUCKY DERBY TRAINER QUOTES
Doug O’Neill, trainer of Nyquist (first) – “He’s a special, special horse. You can see it in his eye on a daily basis. He knows how to bring his ‘A’ game. If he was a human athlete, we’d celebrate him as a super star.”
Keith Desormeaux, trainer of Exaggerator (second) – “I didn’t think Exaggerator hit the brakes as much as Kent alluded to. He burst out of the turn, I thought we had time to catch Nyquist. He had clear running room the entire one-quarter mile stretch. I thought for sure we would catch him. He did kind of level off the last sixteenth of a mile. Maybe he ran out of the training. I didn’t see where Nyquist was during the race until after it was over and he was there right there on the pace. What a horse. I can’t respect that horse enough.”
2016 KENTUCKY DERBY JOCKEY QUOTES
Mario Gutierrez, rider of Nyquist (first) – “It’s unreal. No words can describe it.”
Kent Desormeaux, rider of Exaggerator (second) – “My horse slammed on the brakes at the 3 ½, ducked back to the inside and then took off. When you see the replay, it will be obvious. Before the race, my brother was really calm, calmer than any trainer I have ever ridden for. He just told me to have fun out there.”
Kentucky Oaks Follow Up: Sat 5/7
‘THE QUEEN’ CATHRYN SOPHIA DOING WELL DAY AFTER OAKS TRIUMPH
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 7, 2016)
– Cathryn Sophia, the newest member of the Kentucky Oaks winner’s club, poked her head outside her stall at 6 a.m. Saturday and turned her gaze to the shedrow doings of Barn 43 at Churchill Downs. Harry Harcourt, her groom, looked at her with pride and said, “There is the queen.”
Twenty-four hours earlier, Harcourt, a 52-year-old native of Barbados, fretted that Cathryn Sophia, who has a propensity for getting on the muscle, particularly in her stall, would become worked-up on the walkover to the Oaks and in the paddock.