Sent off as the co-second choice at 9-2, owner Paul Reddam’s Nyquist kept his perfect record intact by overcoming a wide trip from post 13 and recoding a half-length win over familiar foe Swipe in the $2 million stakes. Nyquist and Swipe have now squared off in their last four races with Nyquist winning and Swipe finishing second in each of them.
Due to the outside post, jockey Mario Gutierrez was unable to grab the lead with the front-running Nyquist and had to improvise a different trip on the fly. Trainer Doug O’Neill was delighted with the results.
“I think Mario rode it to a tee,” said O’Neill, who won the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness with Reddam’s I’ll Have Another. “He left there like he was on speed and he had to call an audible when he wasn’t. He could have emptied the tank out and maybe got the lead, but he would have had nothing late. So credit to Mario, just a quality audible call."
Sent off at 29-1, Swipe had 2 ¼ lengths on third-place finisher Brody’s Cause. Champagne Stakes winner Greenpointcrusader was seventh as the 7-2 favorite.