Nest to Bypass Breeders' Cup Distaff

Nest | Sarah Andrew

Reigning champion sophomore filly Nest (Curlin) will not contest next month's GI Breeders' Cup Distaff, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Saturday. Campaigned by Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House, the 4-year-old was last seen finishing fourth in Keeneland's GI Spinster S. Oct. 8. Additionally, plans have yet to be solidified whether the filly will be retired after the sale or will return in 2024.

“While Nest has been galloping well since the Spinster, we just don't feel she's at her best for the Breeders' Cup Distaff,” Pletcher told TDN Saturday. “She's a remarkable talent who should generate a lot of attention at the Fasig-Tipton Night of the Stars Sale.”

A four-time Grade I winner in 2022, including in the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama S., the bay annexed one of three starts in 2023 and that was recorded when returning off an eight-month layoff to contest the GII Shuvee S. at Saratoga July 23.

The news comes on the heels of the announcement to sell the champion at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November 'Night of the Stars' sale Nov. 7.

The filly's record currently stands at eight wins from 14 career starts and earnings in excess of $2 million.

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