May 8 Insight: Ward Sends Out First Nyquist Runner


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2nd-GP, $60K, Msw, 2yo, 4 1/2f, 1:35p.m.

Known for his prowess with early 2-year-olds, trainer Wesley Ward sends out the first runner by champion and GI Kentucky Derby hero Nyquist in BREAKTHROUGH. Purchased for $330,000 at FTKJUL, the dark bay is a half-brother to SW & MGISP Red Vine (Candy Ride {Arg}) and his dam is a half to MGSW Fort Prado (El Prado {Ire}). He enters this unveiling off a bullet three panels on the turf at Palm Meadows in :36 1/5 (1/8) May 4. Repole Stable’s Prisoner (Violence) makes his career bow in this spot for Todd Pletcher. A $175,000 OBSMAR buy after breezing in :10 flat, the dark bay is out of stakes winner Al Max Diner (End Sweep), who is also responsible for SW & MGSP Manuka Honey (Borrego). Also entered in this test, but unlikely to draw in as he is fourth on the also-eligibles list, is the Pletcher-trained Restored Order, who would be the first runner for MGISW Frosted if he makes it in the gate. St Elias Stable and Repole Stable teamed up to purchase this colt for $420,000 atOBS March after he worked in :10 flat. His GSP half-sister Der Lu (Orb) summoned $900,000 at FTFMAR. Their dam Taboo (Forestry) is out of Grade I-winning millionaire Dream of Summer (Siberian Summer), who also produced fellow Grade I-winning millionaire and sire Creative Cause (Giant’s Causeway), MGSW & MGISP sire Destin (Giant’s Causeway) and GSW Vexatious (Giant’s Causeway). TJCIS PPs

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