Nyquist trainer unfazed by rain at Preakness Stakes

The trainer of Preakness Stakes favorite Nyquist says he’s not worried about rainy weather on race day.
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The trainer of Preakness Stakes favorite Nyquist says he’s not worried about rainy weather on race day.

A steady downpour hit Pimlico Race Course on Saturday morning, and the National Weather Service predicted an 100 percent chance of rain during the day, in addition to heavy gusts up to 20 miles per hour.

The Preakness is set to start at 6:45 p.m. ET.

“With a horse like Nyquist, I'm not overly concerned about the weather," trainer Doug O'Neill said Friday, according to the Associated Press. “As far as rain or shine, we're not going to change anything shoeing-wise. He's going to wear the same shoes he's got on. We'd just love to have a beautiful day.”

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Though it’s looking like the conditions won’t be ideal, last year’s Preakness also came on a rainy day, with American Pharoah persevering on his way to victory, and later, the Triple Crown.

Nyquist is undefeated for his career, including a win at the Florida Derby in soggy conditions.