$500k Practical Joke Colt Debuts at Churchill Downs for Todd Pletcher

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 1st-CD, $120K, MSW, 2yo, 5f, 12:45 p.m. Todd Pletcher takes the wraps off SUMMONYOURCOURAGE (Practical Joke), a $500,000 KEESEP purchase by Repole Stable and St Elias Stable. The colt is out of a half-sister to GSW Seeking the Sky, who herself went on to produce GI Metropolitan H. winner Sahara Sky (Pleasant Tap). Another half-sister to his dam, Seeking Gabrielle (Forestry), produced GI Kentucky Derby winner and current Darley stallion Nyquist (Uncle Mo). Summonyourcourage enters this off a half-mile breeze from the gate at Belmont...

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Five Share Furlong Bullet at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Tuesday

TIMONIUM, MD - The three-day under-tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale began shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning under cloudless blue skies and temperatures hovering around 60 degrees and by the conclusion of the day's seventh and final set shortly before 3 p.m., with temperatures approaching 80 degrees, five horses had turned in the co-fastest furlong time of :10 flat. A filly by Collected had the day's fastest quarter-mile work of :21 1/5. A filly by Nyquist (hip 150) was the first to hit the :10...

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A 2022 Derby-Oaks Sire Double Could Make History

Of the 1,630 stallions who covered mares in North America in 2018, a grand total of up to 34 could have starters in the respective gates of the upcoming GI Kentucky Derby and GI Kentucky Oaks (based on a maximum of 20 Derby starters and 14 Oaks starters). That's about a 2% chance. How remarkable is it, then, that this year we have not one, not two, but seven stallions with the potential to pull off a Derby-Oaks sire double, something that hasn't been done since Native Dancer sired the...

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Key Race for Turnerloose in Fair Ground Oaks

It's a tough spot, going up against Echo Zulu (Gun Runner) in the GII Fair Grounds Oaks, but as owner Ike Thrash puts it, it's not every day that you get to take on the Eclipse Award-winning champion 2-year-old filly. So Ike and his wife Dawn are eager to make the two-hour trip from their home in Mississippi to Fair Grounds on Saturday to watch their filly Turnerloose (Nyquist) go up against a talented field of sophomore fillies vying for points on the road to the Kentucky Oaks. Thrash is...

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First-Time Pinhookers Hoping Nyquist Colt Pays at Gulfstream

When Danzel Brendemuehl purchased a colt by Nyquist for $275,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearlings Sale, she lay the groundwork for a pair of first-time pinhookers who will be hoping the move hits pay dirt when the youngster returns to the sales ring as hip 62 next Wednesday at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. Brendemuehl signed the ticket on the yearling in the name of Don Cox's Sausalito Partners and Colleen Smith's Breckenridge Bloodstock, but pretty soon another name was added to the partnership when Dr. Bramdeo Singh joined...

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Provocateur Keeps His Cool in Hutcheson Win

Provocateur came home strongest of six in his first career stakes victory for the partnership of MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Farm. Steadily improving since his eighth place career debut over a mile on the grass at Belmont Park Oct. 10, he weakened to fourth after dueling through six panels over the main track at the venue. Finding the winner's circle Dec. 23 down at Tampa Bay by 4 1/2 lengths as the 4-5 favorite, his connections opted to try their colt in the Jan. 15 Pasco S. for a 3-year-old bow...

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Nyquist Colt Stays Hot at Tampa

After beginning the new year with a pair of victories, the streaking Scalding (c, 4, Nyquist--Hot Water, by Medaglia d'Oro) continued his ascension with a game neck decision over favored Cody's Wish (Curlin) while making his stakes debut in Saturday's GIII Michelob Ultra Challenger S. at Tampa. Dynamic One (Union Rags) was third. The 5-1 chance sat a good trip in an outside third. He set his sights on the leader rounding the far turn as Cody's Wish, a winner of three straight at Churchill last fall, also revved up...

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Moquest, Full Brother to Nyquist, to Stand in California

Moquest (Uncle Mo--Seeking Gabrielle, by Forestry), a full-brother to champion Nyquist, will stand the 2022 breeding season at Milky Way Farm in California. Moquest will stand for $4,500 LFSN. An injury during training prevented the $650,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase from making it to the races. Bred in Kentucky by Hinkle Farms, the 3-year-old will be supported in the breeding shed by his owners, EAS Alliance LLC. Last year, Uncle Mo's sales yearlings averaged $270,915 including two yearlings that sold last year for $1.6-million and $1.1 million. His juveniles averaged...

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Nyquist Filly Upsets Rachel Alexandra S.

Ike and Dawn Thrash's Turnerloose (Nyquist) sprung a 17-1 upset to put herself on the GI Kentucky Oaks trail while making her first start on dirt in the GII Rachel Alexandra S. at the Fair Grounds. Away alertly, the dark bay hustled up to be in contention before settling back in a ground-saving fourth as the well-related and previously unbeaten Silverbulletday S. winner La Crete (Medaglia d'Oro) dictated terms with GSW Hidden Connection (Connect) hot on her heels through a :23.94 opening quarter. La Crete was pulled up sharply as...

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Nyquist's Nitrous Channel Impressive On Debut

3rd-Gulfstream, $53,000, Msw, 2-5, 3yo, 6f, 1:10.03, ft, 2 1/4 lengths. NITROUS CHANNEL (c, 3, Nyquist--Laurenmychanelgirl, by Afleet Alex) justified his $625,000 price tag when the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale purchase (:10) produced an impressive performance here at first asking. Breaking sharply and immediately taking the early leader to task going up the backstretch, the George Weaver trainee was content to track from second to the outside. Hitting the turn under a drive, the chestnut fought off a game, but leg weary frontrunner to take the lead by midstretch. Powering home,...

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Sunday's Racing Insights: Flashy Fillies Seek Diplomas at Oaklawn

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 6th-OP, $84K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 3:51 p.m. ET The first of two strong-looking groups of sophomore fillies line up here in Hot Springs. Brad Cox-trained second timer Firewolves (Practical Joke) gets the tepid morning-line nod coming off a runner-up outing over track and trip Dec. 3 that earned her a 75 Beyer Speed Figure. The $140,000 Keeneland September yearling is half to MGSP Tap for Luck (Tapit) and to the dam of GSW/GISP Jeltrin (Tapizar). Peace Peddler (Gun Runner) set a solid pace in...

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Not This Time Season Added to TCA Stallion Auction

A season by last year's leading second crop sire Not This Time (Giant's Causeway) has been added to the select session of the Thoroughbred Charities of America Annual Stallion Season Auction. The Taylor Made Farm stallion will be among 10 select seasons--including Bolt d'Oro, Charlatan, City of Light, Constitution, Liam's Map, Maxfield (with 2023 breed back), Nyquist (with 2023 breed back), Quality Road, and Yaupon (with 2023 breed back)--that will be sold at the 'Tis the Seasons Celebration Sunday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Grand Reserve in Lexington, Kentucky....

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