Godolphin goes to $2.5 million for Nyquist brother at Keeneland

September 09, 2019 02:03pm

With Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the grounds Monday at Keeneland, Godolphin went to a September Yearling Sale-topping $2.5 million to purchase a half-brother of 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist.

The price also marked the highest for a yearling in North America in 2019, making him one to watch this time next year as an emerging prospect to fulfill Godolphin's own Derby dreams.

Agent Anthony Stroud signed the ticket for the gray or roan Tapit colt, who's out of Forestry mare Seeking Gabrielle.

"We bought the half-sister last year, by War Front, and she's doing very well," Stroud said. "...Sheikh Mohammed like him very, very much. He's one of our picks of the day, and that was it, really.

"What a fantastic pedigree. Good physical. He'll be an exciting prospect."



Stroud said Sheikh Mohammed will decide later which Godolphin purchases remain stateside or head overseas for their racing careers.

"He's completely instrumental in the selection," Stroud said. "It's great that he's here, and we've been very impressed in the Nyquist yearlings. We've been going around looking at them. That also was one of the factors."

Nyquist, who won the first eight races of his career, including the Derby, now stands at stud at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky. That other Godolphin-owned sibling, a $1.75 million sister by War Front, is now named Maria Rosa.

Hinkle Farms consigned the half-brother, who walked into the ring Monday as Hip 75.

"I'm really happy for our team and the farm, because this is the culmination of two years of work, and it all happens in about 30 seconds," said Anne Archer Hinkle, the Paris, Ky., company's owner and director of operations. 

"Right before it happens, we all maybe want to throw up or something because we all get so nervous. But we're really happy. We have a great team at the farm, and this is a testament to their work."

In other early highlights as Book 1 got underway Monday, OXO Equine's Larry Best continued snapping up promising progeny of leading sire Into Mischief, including a $950,000 half-brother to his recent Del Mar Oaks (G1) winner Cambier Parc.

 

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