We will agree to disagree. I have always felt his Florida Derby was a mistake going into the TC, just as I felt CC should have skipped the Santa Anita Derby before going into the TC. I gave Nyquist the benefit of the doubt with the Preakness. To me his PA Derby, regardless of how many lengths, he was still sixth. Clearly his form is not improving with subsequent races. The best that can be said of that is he finished ahead of Exaggerator who has tailed off too, except maybe with a sloppy track.
There were breeders at the time like ER Bradley who didn't think much of him hence the 50k bet he made with Ben Block who owned Morvich that the horse couldn't get the Derby distance and was stamina challenged. I remember several posters here comparing Nyquist to Slew.
Morvich was second to Whiskaway in the Carlton. He then lost again to finish third. He continued until he was unplaced in his last start where his unsoundness reared its head. Nyquist has gone from third to fourth to what sixth in his last start. You may criticize the word dramatically, but the horse is not going in the right direction. Just for the record Morvich's first start as a three yr old was the Derby. He never contested the Preakness as it was run on the same day as the Derby.
He only raced four times because of unsoundness. I'm well aware of the slump pattern. However, Nyquist like Morvich was very highly thought of and Morvich was considered the equal or better of MOW. He also came into the Derby with an unbeaten streak of 11 races and just sprinted home. His owner Ben Block had a large bet with Col. Bradley who didn't feel Morvich was much more than a jumped up sprinter and sent out three horses to try and beat Morvich who was just winging along in front. Morvich never came back race wise or breeding wise and is largely forgotten. Though he is the first CA bred to win the Derby. Watching Nyquist in his last races, he is looking like more than just a slump.
Congrats. I donate to this organization and many other rescues. To me insuring that our horses ALL have a safe retirement is one of the top issues facing the racing industry. I know more people who dislike horse racing because of the stories of horses found in deplorable situations that have won money for their owners only to be discarded. Good luck to you.
Sadly he's starting to look like the modern day Morvich
Roman Brother was named HOY in 1965 by DRF. However Turf and Sport Digest and Thoroughbred Racing Association named Moccasin the 1965 HOY so both horses are credited with 1965 HOY. Moccasin was unbeaten having beaten among others Priceless Gem who beat Buckpasser in the Futurity. He turned the tables on her in the Champagne where she finished sixth.
Plaudit was a Kentucky Derby winner, a top horse. He is the sire line of Holy Bull.
I have read about him. And it was his dam who passed on the bad temperament to Hastings. That is an established fact. Her other foals were not bad tempered. Plaudit being the most famous. Avalyn Hunter's Classic American Pedigrees is a great source As is Abram Hewitt 's Classic Sires.
It was actually Hastings dam that was an issue. Supposedly the bad temperament came from her, Cinderella. Though interestingly his half brother, Plaudit was not a problem.
Copyright © 2010 -
other passionate horse racing fans!