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4:51 pm EDT

Desormeaux Back to Work on Exaggerator

By Dick Downey

Kent Desormeaux will fly in to New York to breeze Exaggerator before the Belmont Stakes.

“Nothing has changed with Exaggerator between yesterday to today,” trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux said Friday at Santa Anita. “He’s still cold and tight, and he only walked today (and yesterday). He’ll train Saturday and go to Belmont Sunday. Next week I’m trying to decide whether to breeze on Saturday or Tuesday."

Keith decided on Kent instead of using Aaron Gryder.

“As I think about it,” he said, “we might as well get Kent there to work him. It will keep him busy unless he’s got some plans that I don’t know about.”

Team O'Neill Says Nyquist Recuperating

“I just got a text from Jack Sisterson,” Doug O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora said Friday at Santa Anita. “He said Nyquist’s temperature is fine and normal for the second day in a row, his blood count is coming back to where it was and he’s eating normally, so we’re all very happy.”

O’Neill said Thursday that Nyquist will return to Santa Anita a week from Sunday, June 5.