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Nyquist pulls out of the Belmont; no one will watch the Belmont

Horse racing took a hit today with news that Nyquist will not run in the Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg of the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby winner pulled out of the race with medical complications, which has since been reported as an elevated white blood cell count. Nyquist was already dealing with a high fever, but his trainer had hoped it would get better before next month.

Sadly, the highly-anticipated Round 3 run between Nyquist and Exaggerator is no more. Ratings for the race will likely plummet as the major (and only interesting) storyline has been thrown out.

Now what are we supposed to watch on June 11?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for Nyquist pulls out of the Belmont; no one will watch the Belmont

  1. Kyblueblood
    1:54 pm May 24, 2016 Permalink

    I know quite a few people who are going to watch it, why not.

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:59 pm May 24, 2016 Permalink

      And those people have no life…..

  2. @GoCayts
    1:58 pm May 24, 2016 Permalink

    I’ll still watch it the same way I watch the Derby, Preakness and Belmont every year … wait until KSR or somebody on twitter posts a 2-3 min video

  3. Willis Wolf Tattoo
    2:27 pm May 24, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t think Nyquist was 100% going into the Preakness either. If anything it opens up the race more and makes the odds more enticing outside of Exaggerator. Plenty of reasons to watch.

  4. jaws2
    3:18 pm May 24, 2016 Permalink

    I’m not so sure that sometimes KSR ‘writers’ don’t just post a headline they know will get clicks. Just saying. But really Drew, anyone that actually follows thoroughbred racing will be watching the Belmont. A lot of folks still believe that if Exaggerator had not been pulled up in the traffic at the Derby, he would be the horse running for the Triple Crown.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:00 pm May 24, 2016 Permalink

      Cool story, bro.

  5. deltasig41
    4:13 pm May 24, 2016 Permalink

    Anyone that actually follows thoroughbred racing is obviously going to watch…But the casual fan, the one that only cares about the drama of a good story (i.e., a potential Triple Crown winner, or another rematch of two top horses) won’t. Quite frankly, in relative terms, there aren’t a whole lot of thoroughbred racing enthusiasts, even in Kentucky. It’s sort of a shame…The long drought of Triple Crowns finally getting broken last year really sucked the enthusiasm and anticipation out of the Triple Crown this year, even after Nyquist won the Derby. So, yeah…MOST people don’t care about the Belmont, especially when the Derby winner loses the Preakness.