The final 2016 Triple Crown champion from this season has been put out to stud. Following the lead of Creator and Exaggerator, Nyquist retires ahead of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It is a stunning bit of news that has hit the sport in the lead up to the world championships.
Despite a rough summer, Nyquist was indeed pointed towards the Classic where he was expected to face off with California Chrome, Arrogate and Frosted. Those plans have been obviously scratched, in large part because his ankle seems to be injured. Though Nyquist retires at a tough time, trainer Doug O’Neill insisted that it was the best decision for his star trainee.
“Though Nyquist is 100% sound and X-rays are clean, the timing unfortunately precludes us from the dream of having him run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in our own backyard,” O’Neill said in a short but sweet statement.
A son of Uncle Mo, Nyquist emerged at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, winning that race in decisive fashion and becoming the early favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. He would proceed that landmark victory at Churchill Downs with rousing performances at both the San Vicente and Florida Derby. Unfortunately, the Kentucky Derby would be his last victory on the track.
Following an upset loss at the Preakness Stakes to Exaggerator, where Nyquist struggled mightily in the mud, the celebrated Colt would finish 4th and 6th at the Haskell and Penn Derby respectively. So the decision to put him out to pasture was a response to his sinking performance. Though Nyquist retires amidst a handful of losses, there’s no debating how incredible his peak run was.
He will forever be tied to Exaggerator, his chief rival who also retired earlier this year.
Nyquist retires with a polished record of 8-0-1 in 11 starts, having won nearly $5.2 million in his brief career.