Nyquist Arrives in the Bluegrass
The Nyquist entourage rolled into Kentucky from Florida today as the 2-year-old and Florida Derby champ was bedded down at Keeneland.
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“We were very impressed with the way he did it,” said Jack Sisterson ,assistant to Doug O’Neill. “It was very humid, and he handled it well.”
Sisterson said Nyquist will go to the track Wednesday. “Doug chose to bring him here to enjoy the surroundings and also take advantage of the synthetic training track in case there is bad weather,” Sisterson said.
Nyquist is a graduate of three auctions, two of them at Keeneland. In 2013, Paramount Sales, agent, consigned him as a weanling to the November Breeding Stock Sale, where he was purchased by Madison Farm for $180,000. At the 2014 September Yearling Sale, consignor Dromoland Farm, agent, sold Nyquist to Sutton Place Stables for $230,000. At the Fasig-Tipton March sale in Florida, Dennis O'Neill signed a $400,000 ticket for Paul Reddam. Niall Brennan Stables was the consignor.
Among others on the flight with Nyquist was stablemate Gomo, who finished fourth Saturday in the Gulfstream Park Oaks in her first start since winning the Darley Alcibiades in Lexington last fall.
Gomo has 20 Kentucky Oaks points, good for16th in ranking. The Oaks is limited to 14 starters. Stablemate Land Over Sea has 128 points.
“I am not sure about the Oaks or if we are going to keep them separate,” Sisterson said. “If both get in the gate, it would be special.”
Also in the O’Neill barn at Keeneland is Ralis, who was beaten less than a length in a fifth-place finish in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral. Ralis has accumulated no points toward the Kentucky Derby.
“We will see how he comes out of the race,” Sisterson said. “He will let us know when he is ready.”
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