Nyquist to miss Belmont Stakes

first_imgNEW YORK (AP):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 blood 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 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.”He’s fine, but he’s got an elevated white blood cell count,” O’Neill’s assistant Jack Sisterson said from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, where Nyquist is recovering. “We just want to do right by him and get him 100 percent.”Nyquist came into the Preakness unbeaten in eight races, including a 1 1/4 length win over Exaggerator in the Derby. Exaggerator turned the tables in the Preakness, winning by 3 1/2 lengths over a sloppy track, with Nyquist finishing third.Now, Exaggerator will take on a bunch of rivals he’s already finished ahead of in the Derby and Preakness, including Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine and Lani, fifth in the Preakness and ninth in the Derby.”We’re sorry that Nyquist cannot compete at the 2016 Belmont Stakes and hope for a speedy recovery and return to the racetrack,” said New York Racing Association president Chris Kay in a statement.last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has said he has no regrets about not becoming a father.SInger Daniel doesn’t miss being a father.The 52 year old star was 38 when he met wife Majella who was 40 and had two children of her own.But the Kincasslagh-born star says he never worried about not having children of his own. “I don’t know what that would be like but I never had any longing for fatherhood.“I’ve known Siobhan and Michael (Majella’s children) since they were 11 and nine, not that I was parenting them. I was always aware that Raymond was their father,” he told the RTE Guide.Daniel also revealed that he misses his late mum Julia terribly after she passed away in May aged 94.“We miss her greatly because she was such a big character. She was a mother and father to me, because my father died at the age of 49,” he said.  ‘I DON’T MISS HAVING KIDS’ – DANIEL O’DONNELL was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegalKidssingerlast_img read more