Nyquist pulled from Belmont Stakes over medical complications

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not be racing in the 2016 Belmont Stakes next month due to medical complications, TMZ Sports reported on Tuesday.

The news comes after Nyquist recorded a third-place finish in last weekend’s Preakness Stakes.

According to TMZ, Nyquist’s assistant trainer Jack Sisterson says the horse has an elevated white blood cell count which could mean there is some sort of infection. Add in a fever, and the Belmont is a no go.

“We just want to do right by Nyquist right now. We want to make sure he’ll be back to 100 percent in the next few days,” Sisterson said. “He’s definitely going to race again this summer.”

The 2016 Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 11 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

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