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Nyquist trainer Doug O'Neill on Preakness weather: 'I think he'll show up and run his race'

Nyquist trainer Doug O'Neill on Preakness weather: 'I think he'll show up and run his race'

A pelting, blinding rainstorm last May turned the 140th Preakness into a muddy mess, with rivers along the rails; prompted the evacuation of the Pimlico Race Course infield, only minutes before post time; and proved American Pharoah's Triple Crown ambitions were not only legitimate but also weatherproof.

But perhaps the inundation's most unexpected consequence was jockey Gary Stevens' temporary weight gain. He entered the day at 120 pounds, including equipment. He left the race tipping the scales at a rain-soaked 135 pounds, not including his helmet. Afterward, he said he dumped water out of his boots,...

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