Nyquist

Kentucky Sires for 2021: First Sophomores–Part I

The stallions we reach today are the first actually to have given some initial clue as to their ability to replicate those assets that earned them a place at stud. True, only their most precocious stock have so far tested the water and it should be obvious that limited conclusions can be drawn from so small a sample of their work. But we know the apathy of commercial breeders about producing racehorses. So long as they maximize their value as yearlings, the rest is gravy. That's why they get behind...

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GISP Hot Rod Charlie Works for O'Neill; Targets Lewis

Already a winner of the GI Kentucky Derby with 2016 hero Nyquist (Uncle Mo) and I'll Have Another (Flower Alley) in 2012, trainer Doug O'Neill is looking forward to the New Year with Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow), Wipe the Slate (Nyquist) and Team Merchants (Nyquist) among his well-regarded sophomores. Hot Rod Charlie worked five furlongs at Santa Anita Saturday in a bullet :59.40, fastest of 64 drills at the distance. A narrow winner in his fourth career start at Santa Anita on October, Hot Rod Charlie closed to finish second-at...

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Saturday Insights: Shadwell Unveil Another Into Mischief Colt

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 3rd-Gulfstream, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, post time: 1:05 p.m. ET One week after 'TDN Rising Star' Mutasaabeq made a victorious sophomore debut in the Mucho Macho Man S., Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable is set to be represented by another son of Into Mischief in the form of first-time starter LAMUTANAATTY. Pegged as the 7-2 second choice on the morning line, the $177K Fasig-Tipton November weanling turned $700K Keeneland September yearling is out of a winning daughter of MSW Win's Fair Lady (Dehere), a full-sister to...

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Nyquist Colt Blitzes Rivals in Tampa Unveiling

6th-Tampa Bay Downs, $20,000, Msw, 12-9, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.24, ft, 13 1/4 lengths. WITSEL (c, 2, Nyquist--Bailzee {SP, $152,580}, by Grand Slam), sent off at 5-1 to become the 16th career winner for his GI Kentucky Derby-winning sire (by Uncle Mo), showed good early foot to settle just behind pace setter Thrown For A Loupe (Gemologist), who showed the way through a :22.62 quarter. Scraping the paint while 8-5 choice Equuleus (Maclean's Music) loomed three wide as the leading charged for the quarter-mile pole, Witzel gained the advantage turning for...

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Keeneland Catalogs 79 Lots for December Digital Sale

Keeneland has cataloged 79 lots, including mares in foal to such noteworthy stallions as Not This Time, Nyquist, Practical Joke and Yoshida (Jpn), for its December Digital Sale, to be held Tuesday, Dec. 15 as part of Keeneland's Digital Sales Ring platform. The December Sale catalog is available at keenelanddigital.com. The catalog features 41 broodmares or broodmare prospects, 12 yearlings, eight weanlings, six racing or broodmare prospects, two racing or stallion prospects, one stallion prospect, six stallions, two shares and one breeding right. Online bidding opens at 10 a.m. ET...

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Body & Soul: Don't Look Now… Well, Maybe We'd Better

This business about sire lines has been driving your correspondent a bit nuts for the past 40 years, dating from when he first came to understand the realm, initially through the discourses of the great analyst Dr. Franco Varola and the estimable author Abe Hewitt. In those days we all not only relied on the historical database of a rather limited number of stallions but also on the patience needed to assess the long-term impact of form, function, and pedigree. You had Phalaris and Swynford, then Nearco and Hyperion, then...

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Nyquist's Vequist Upsets Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Swilcan Stables's Vequist (Nyquist) put an exclamation point on a very strong freshman season for her sire (by Uncle Mo)--a winner of the track-and-trip GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 2015--while posting a mild 6-1 upset in Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. The market's fifth choice behind the unbeaten foursome of 'TDN Rising Star' Princess Noor (Not This Time), GI Frizette S. victoress Dayoutoftheoffice (Into Mischief), local GI Darley Alcibiades S. heroine Simply Ravishing (Laoban) and 'Rising Star' Girl Daddy (Uncle Mo) broke alertly and...

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Taking Stock: Yearling Averages and Unproven Sires

The bloodstock industry in Kentucky is heavily weighted to the commercial marketplace, and when the first yearlings of a stallion sell well, sometimes even experienced commercial breeders can get momentarily caught up in the euphoria. A breeder called me after the Fasig-Tipton October Sale to say that he was going to breed to such a stallion next year. That's great, I told him, if he had a strong opinion on the horse, but I reminded him that he breeds to sell and he'd be breeding to a fourth-year sire, meaning...

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This Side Up: Young Guns Seek Juvenile Momentum

You can't really resent someone hoarding the ammunition, if he only needs it because he's being forced to play Russian roulette. That's pretty much how things are for all those new, unproven stallions who corral such huge books of mares. Yes, I remain ever aggrieved on behalf of those quiet achievers who never get commercial traction, despite results that will almost invariably prove beyond their emerging rivals. But I do feel increasing sympathy for the young guns, because their margin for error is zero. They have to land running, or...

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Nyquist Filly Makes Nice Move at Churchill

8th-Churchill Downs, $86,435, Msw, 10-31, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:11.33, ft, 3 1/2 lengths. MINUTE WALTZ (f, 2, Nyquist--Is It Safe, by Yes It's True) began to repay her $425,000 price tag at Keeneland September with a sharp debut score Saturday. Racing in a three-wide sixth off a blazing first quarter in :21.34, the 4-1 shot was at least four wide as she swept up to take on the leaders turning for home. The bay struck the front in early stretch and rolled clear to win by 3 1/2 lengths over...

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Respite Farm Proves Small, But Mighty

Dr. Mike Cavey and his wife Dr. Nancy Temple have proven the old adage of quality over quantity. At their Respite Farm in Paris, Ky, the couple have been able to do a lot with a little, producing two champions and a Grade II-winning top young sire from a broodmare band of just seven. They will offer four weanlings from their boutique breeding operation at the upcoming Keeneland November Sale. Cavey and Temple hit their first home run with a family they developed for five generations out of the first...

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Stud Fees Announced for Darley's U.S. Stallions; Medaglia d'Oro Lowered to $150k

Stud fees have been announced for Darley's U.S. stallions in 2021, with leading sire Medaglia d'Oro set to stand for $150,000. He stood the 2020 season for $200,000. He is currently the number one yearling sire in North America by both average and median and was represented by four million dollar-plus offerings in 2020, the same number he was represented by in 2019. "These are trying times breeders are facing," said Darley Sales Manager Darren Fox. "We gave great consideration to this when setting our fees to reflect the economic...

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