On March 4, 2015, future Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist entered the paddock at Gulfstream Park, announced simply as “a bay colt by Uncle Mo out of Seeking Gabrielle.” After a solid 10:2 work two days prior, the handsome bay colt was popular among potential buyers, drawing a final bid of $400,000 from Doug O’Neill, agent. Nyquist was consigned by Niall Brennan Stables.
Nyquist made his first start for new owner Reddam Racing only three months selling at Gulfstream Park. On June 5, Nyquist won his debut at Santa Anita in what was then just 0.06 seconds off the track record for five furlongs. He made the jump directly to graded stakes company two months later, running away with the Best Pal S. (G2) at Del Mar by 5 ¼ lengths. Nyquist broke through at the top level in his next start, winning the Del Mar Futurity (G1) by 3 ¾ lengths before annexing the FrontRunner S. (G1) three weeks later at Santa Anita.
With four wins in as many starts in California, Nyquist shipped for the first time to Kentucky for the Breeders’ Cup Championships. Under gray skies, Nyquist was bumped hard twice as he broke from the far outside 13 post, raced wide throughout, swung into the six path on the final turn, and dug in doggedly to capture the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
Unbeaten in five starts as a juvenile, Nyquist took a brief winter break, during which he was named Eclipse Champion 2YO Male of 2015 by an astounding 255 votes. He returned to his home base at Santa Anita for his sophomore debut, which he dispatched future Grade 1 winner Exaggerator by 1 ½ lengths in the San Vicente S. (G2).
Nyquist returned to Gulfstream Park in April 2016 to go head-to-head with fellow unbeaten sophomore Mohaymen, who had annexed the two G2 Derby preps at Gulfstream in January and February. In a race that was touted as a heavyweight fight, Nyquist captured the Florida Derby (G1) easily, leading from the second call on to win the race by 3 ¼ lengths.
On May 7, Nyquist went to lucky post 13 to contest the Run for the Roses. After patiently tracking the pace from the outside, Nyquist took the lead in the stretch and never looked back. He won by 1 ¼ lengths over a field which included no less than 14 then-or-future graded/group stakes winners, including G1 winners Exaggerator, Gun Runner, Body’s Cause, Mor Spirit, Creator, and Outwork.
Nyquist retired with a record of eight wins in 11 starts and earnings of $5,189,200. He is currently standing his first season at stud at Darley in Lexington, KY.
The 2017 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training will be held Wednesday, March 1 at 4 PM in the paddock at Gulfstream Park. The under tack show will be conducted on the main track beginning at 10 AM on Monday, February 27. The catalogue is available online.