Champion Nest Retired, Set To Visit Uncle Mo

Nest | Sarah Andrew

Champion 3-year-old filly and MGISW Nest (Curlin–Marion Ravenwood, by A.P. Indy) has been retired from racing her owner Mike Repole told the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday.

The owner who bought out his partners on Nest–Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House–for $6 million last fall at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale intended to race Nest this year. After three workouts at Stonestreet Farm in Ocala, Florida, she was set to ship to trainer Todd Pletcher's string at Saratoga, but a diagnostic exam was performed and showed “a slight abnormality in her hind ankle,” Repole told DRF.

“Since she wasn't perfect, it made it easy,” he said. “We shipped her to Lane's End, she arrived today. She has a date with Uncle Mo.

“We tried our best to bring her back as a 5-year-old and keep her in training. If we didn't have that intention we would have bred her in February. We're going to breed her now; ecstatic about her career, wish it could have been one more season. She was a stakes winner at 2, 3, 4, a multiple Grade I winner, and a champion.”

Nest took home the 2022 Eclipse Award for best 3-year-old after she won the GI Central Bank Ashland S., finished second in the GI Kentucky Oaks, and then took on the boys and was the runner-up in the GI Belmont S. She then won back-to-back Grade Is in the CCA Oaks and the Alabama S.–both at Saratoga. Although she got a late start to her 4-year-old campaign, Nest returned to win the GII Shuvee S. upstate that summer of 2023.

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