Rob Carr/Getty Images(ELMONT, N.Y.) — Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not make an appearance in the Belmont Stakes.
A few days after the colt lost his bid for a Triple Crown when he ran third in the Preakness Stakes, Nyquist is said to not be competing in Belmont on June 11 because of illness.
Trainer Doug O’Neill told the Daily Racing Form Tuesday that Nyquist had an elevated white blood-cell count and his temperature was 101.2 degrees, a full degree above normal.
“We’re going to put him on stronger antibiotics, get him right, get him back to California and let him relax and recover from the trip,” O’Neill told the Daily Racing Form.
Nyquist, who was undefeated until last weekend, will not have a rematch with Preakness winner Exaggerator in June, but O’Neill said he hoped the colt would be able to return to racing sometime this summer.
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