Nyquist Offspring Could Do Him Proud
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Nyquist stamped himself as a star racehorse on the track, winning the 2016 Kentucky Derby after taking the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) during an eight-race unbeaten streak. Now as a stallion, the son of Uncle Mo – also a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner – is trying to pay it forward with a son and a daughter pre-entered for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup.
Nyquist burst onto the racing scene in 2015 with wins in the Grade 2 Best Pal, Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, and Grade 1 FrontRunner. He capped it all off with a half-length score in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which was also run at Keeneland where the 2020 edition will take place. On that day Nyquist defeated Brody’s Cause, who has also been a breakout freshman sire this year, and future Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator. After placing in the Preakness and running fourth in the betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), Nyquist was retired with more than $5.1 million in earnings.
Standing at Darley in Lexington, Kentucky, Nyquist quickly soared as a freshman stallion, with two Grade 1 winners by the end of September. The mighty stallion Danzig is the last horse to accomplish that feat. Both of Nyquist’s Grade 1 stars, Vequist and Gretzky the Great, are pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup.
The Mark Casse-trained Gretzy the Great has done all of his running at Woodbine in Canada to date. He is out of the Bernardini mare Pearl Turn, and after finishing second on debut won a maiden race there by 4 ¼ lengths. He went on to add the $112,600 Soaring Free Stakes and the Grade 1 Summer Stakes by 3 ¼ lengths. The Ontario-bred has been pre-entered in the Juvenile Turf (G1).
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) contender Vequist broke her maiden in Grade 1 company. The daughter of the Mineshaft mare Vero Amore was second on debut at Parx Racing, then stepped up as a 6-1 shot to win the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Third in that race was another Nyquist daughter, Lady Lilly. Vequist went on to be second in the Grade 1 Frizette, beaten two lengths by Breeders’ Cup rival Dayoutoftheoffice. She is trained by Robert Reid, Jr. for Gary Barber, the Wachtel Stable, and breeders Swilcan Stable LLC.
Nyquist now stands for $75,000. If you want to learn more about him and the 2020 Breeders’ Cup contenders, visit TVG.com and also sign up today, as new players can bet the Breeders’ Cup with an extra $250 in their bankroll!
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