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Nyquist out of the Belmont Stakes, headed back to California

Nyquist out of the Belmont Stakes, headed back to California

The expected rematch of Nyquist and Exaggerator, winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown, will not happen at the Belmont Stakes after all.

Nyquist trainer Doug O’Neill said Tuesday morning that the 3-year-old colt’s blood work showed an elevated white cell count and his temperature, after being normal earlier in the morning, was back up.

"He'll be fine, just not fine enough to run in the Belmont," O'Neill said.

"The blood work showed other early signs of infection. so we're going to put him on strong antibiotics that will get him feeling better quicker. We were hoping it was just a virus that would run...

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