Saturday’s Insights: Freshman Sire Duo Have First Runners

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Breakthrough selling at Fasig-Tipton July last summer | Fasig-Tipton photo

2nd-GP, $65K, Msw, 2yo, 4 1/2f, post time: 1:35p.m. ET
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}). Scratched from a similar spot Friday, he enters this unveiling off a bullet three panels on the turf at Palm Meadows in :36 1/5 (1/8) May 4. Nyquist was the leading freshman sire of yearlings last year, with 44 sold (60 ring) for an average of $236,318 according to TDN Sales Statistics.

Screen Star (Not This Time) was the most expensive of his first-crop sire (by Giant’s Causway)’s 21 first-crop weanlings to sell in 2018, hammering for $160,000. The dark bay is out of half-sister to MGSW/GISP sire Tapiture (Tapit), GSW Rotation (Tapit) and MSW Remit (Tapit), the dam of MGSW Finite (Munnings) and MSW/GSP Reride (Candy Ride {Arg}). Screen Star was also a $22,000 FTKOCT buyback and was bought back on a bid of $145,000 at this year’s OBS March Sale. TJCIS PPs

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