Nyquist's 'Xigera' Wins Handily At Second Asking

Xigera | Sarah Andrew

1st-Saratoga, $105,000, Msw, 8-28, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:44.36, fm, 5 3/4 lengths.
XIGERA (f, 2, Nyquist–Argent Affair {SW, $154,895}, by Black Tie Affair {Ire}) had to settle for second after getting run down late by 'TDN Rising Star' Pink Hue (Mendelssohn) when debuted over this same surface and distance Aug. 7 but returned at even-money Sunday for another chance. After flashing speed inside of Forever Dixie (Quality Road) early, she settled back off the pace into a stalking position up the backstretch. Put to a run into the far turn, Xigera threatened past the quarter pole, took command as the field straightened for home, and sprinted clear with a furlong to run. Much the best late despite swapping to her incorrect lead, she hit the wire under an easy ride 5 3/4 lengths ahead of 13-1 shot Justifiable Belle (Justify) while Clever Joke (Practical Joke) filled out the tri at 25-1. Already a half-sister to a pair of graded stakes performers in Forty Under (Uncle Mo), GSW, $380,536 and Myriskyaffair (Verrazano), GSP, $134,800, Xigera's only younger sibling is a weanling half-sister by Frosted. Argent Affair was sent back to Street Boss for the 2023 season. Sales History: $190,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $78,750. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Rigney Racing, LLC; B-Cedar Hill LLC (KY); T-Philip A. Bauer.

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