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Nyquist's Rocky Post-Kentucky Derby Career A Reflection Of So Many Other Champions

The mythology surrounding Nyquist was crushing. Here was a horse that not only couldn't lose, he couldn't be passed.

His road to the Kentucky Derby was filled with brilliance, overcoming a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, outdueling Exaggerator at Santa Anita, humiliating an unbeaten Mohaymen on his home track in Florida and then finally winning the Kentucky Derby in movie-script fashion.

That was the last race he ever won.

On Saturday, the racing book was closed on Nyquist, when trainer Doug O'Neill said his prized 3-year-old would not run in this coming Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita after he developed a puffy ankle following a...