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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist out of Breeders’ Cup Classic

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won’t run in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic next Saturday at Santa Anita because of a “puffy ankle.”

Trainer Doug O’Neill said Saturday that last year’s 2-year-old champion came out of his workout Thursday with the ankle issue.

He says Nyquist jogs soundly and X-rays revealed nothing, but the issue occurred too close to next weekend’s race.

The colt was scheduled to be retired after the Classic and go to stud in Kentucky.

Nyquist would have gone into the Classic on a three-race skid, having finished third in the Preakness, fourth in the Haskell and sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby. He won last year’s BC Juvenile on his way to winning all five of his starts as a 2-year-old.

He won the San Vicente Stakes and Florida Derby this year before winning the Kentucky Derby for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam.

Prize Exhibit wins $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit rallied from fifth with three furlongs remaining and won the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit ran a mile on turf in 1:35.56 and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.40.

Ireland-bred Jeremy’s Legacy returned $9 and $4.60. The Mystic was another head back in third and paid $3.40 to show as the 3-1 second choice.

The Grade 3 victory, worth $60,000, increased Prize Exhibit’s career earnings to $637,045, with seven wins in 31 starts. She had been winless in 10 starts since capturing the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at the track a year ago.

“She can be tricky,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately.”

Green Gratto by a head in Aqueduct’s Toboggan Stakes

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NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.

The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.

The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.

The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.

Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.

All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.