NEW YORK — So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes.
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won't run in the final leg of the Triple Crown after developing a fever and having an elevated white cell count, trainer Doug O'Neill said Tuesday.
"He's out because of sickness," O'Neill said.
Any thoughts of a second straight Triple Crown were wiped out in the Preakness last Saturday when Exaggerator finally defeated Nyquist after four previous losses.
A rematch in the Belmont on June 11 would have been the next best thing to a Triple Crown attempt. Last year, American Pharaoh became the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont....