Colt by Hottest Young Sire in the County
As much as Nyquist was a standout racehorse, he has been just as exceptional with his early results as a sire. The racing world witnessed the impact in the span of about 10 minutes in Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale.
The spotlight was already in place for hip 28, a son of Nyquist who blitzed an eighth of a mile in 9.4 seconds in the training preview and sparked a bidding war before finally commanding $2.7-million from the Coolmore group. But just as that ticket was being signed, another colt walked into the ring as hip 29 and put an exclamation point on the rise of Nyquist.
West Point jumped at the chance to team with Spendthrift Farm to pursue the latter colt, an awe-inspiring physical himself who backed it up on the racetrack by flashing a long, elastic stride in breezing an eighth of a mile in 10.2.
Nyquist not only was just the second horse to win both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby, but he also achieved that feat with an undefeated record: the Derby was his eighth win in eight starts, dating back all the way to a debut triumph in June of his 2-year-old season.
At stud, he has set off similar fireworks, represented by a champion 2-year-old filly on dirt in Breeders’ Cup heroine Vequist, as well as a Grade 1-winning juvenile on turf in Gretzky the Great.
The new colt will be trained by Todd Pletcher, a sure bet for induction in the Racing Hall of Fame this summer in his first year of eligibility. Pletcher trained Nyquist’s sire Uncle Mo, another superstar 2-year-old who kept on adding Grade 1 accolades at 3 and roared out of the gate in his stud career with a big assist from Nyquist.
Spendthrift is very much in the stallion-making business, and this colt has that kind of pedigree, coming from a mare by Spendthrift’s long-time stalwart Malibu Moon.
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2022.