Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist took his first steps on the track at Pimlico Race Course just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, exhibiting the composure that has carried him to the top of his 3-year-old class.
Assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said everything has gone according to plan in Nyquist's preparations for the May 21 Preakness. The bay colt jogged a mile on his first trip over the Pimlico dirt and will jog again Thursday, holding to the pattern he maintained in the run-up to last Saturday's Derby.
"He was fantastic this morning," Sisterson said.
Nyquist arrived in Baltimore Monday and on Tuesday, walked the shedrow in the stakes barn where he's being stabled with six other horses trained by Doug O'Neill.
O'Neill is expected to be at the barn Thursday after spending most of the week at his home base in California.
O'Neill is following the same plan he used in 2012 with I'll Have Another, bringing the bay colt to Baltimore early to get accustomed to the Pimlico track and stakes barn.
I'll Have Another won the first two legs of the Triple Crown before pulling out of the Belmont with a career-ending tendon injury.
Nyquist's team members have said they will work him lightly leading up to May 21's Preakness Stakes because he's already raced eight times, not losing a race.
American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought of Triple Crown winners last year.
Check back for more details of Nyquist's day on the track.