LANE | Nyquist Begins to Work Toward the Derby
The likely Derby favorite put in his first strong move since winning the Florida Derby almost two weeks ago.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Derby front-runner put in a five furlong work at Keeneland on Friday morning.
Nyquist was timed in 1:02:3 for the five furlongs over a fast surface with regular exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard. Trainer Doug O'Neill said he actually went further.
"We were very happy with the work," said O'Neill. "Jonny got him nice and settled and he actually went a mile. He got his first half in around a minute and the last half right at :50. He was stretching out good and straight as an arrow. We are all very happy with the breeze."
This was the first work for Nyquist since winning the Florida Derby on April 2nd. The reigning two-year-old champ is seven-for-seven lifetime. The son of Uncle Mo is expected to work the next two Fridays at Keeneland before shipping to Churchill Downs.
"This is what we do at home a lot of the time," O'Neill said. "He has enough natural speed that we are not looking to add any speed and we will continue with the maintenance."
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