There’s finally good news out of the Reddam Racing camp this week. Nyquist recovering from the low grade fever that will keep him out of the Belmont Stakes has been the main focus of Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill. The road to recovery will take him back to his home in California where he will continue to train back up after spiking a fever that has taken him out of the last leg of the Triple Crown. The season isn’t over yet for Nyquist and his connections are taking great care of him.
Nyquist remained at Pimlico to manage his health and news continues to be positive in the wake of his Belmont Stakes withdrawal. “He’s doing great,” remarked Jack Sisterson, an assistant trainer to Doug O’Neill. “We got the blood back yesterday and, as you guys know, with a slightly elevated white count. His temperature just spiked a little bit again. Doug wants to do the right thing by Nyquist and get him 100 percent right before we make a plan moving forward.”
Obviously, everyone wants to know what Nyquist’s next race will be but Sisterson was quick to pump the brakes on that topic. Nqyuist recovering from his fever remains the priority. “He’s great. We’re taking the right precaution with the aspect of getting him back right. We’ll get him back to California once he’s 100 percent. We won’t make any major plans as of yet.”
While a competitive outing at the Belmont Stakes would’ve done Nyquist’s future breeding potential wonders, there’s no doubt that he’s firmly planted himself as a stud down the road. Going 7-0-1 with three major wins at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby are sure to secure his value. The obvious target for him in 2016 is the Breeders’ Cup again, but it remains to be seen if he’ll bother to go toe-to-toe with expected entrants such as Beholder and California Chrome, two mature horses who are hitting their all-time peaks.
For now, it’s simply a relief to see Nyquist recovering well after a week of bad news that included his first career loss and a fever that will withhold him from the third largest American Classic. Don’t expect to see him until at least mid-summer, and let’s wish him the best as he makes his way back at west.