USA: Nyquist retired to stud after setback


Nyquist: did not win again after victory in Kentucky Derby

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USA: Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has been retired to stud following the setback that has ruled him out of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The Doug O’Neill-trained son of Uncle Mo, who exits with a career record of eight wins from 11 starts, will join Darley’s stallion roster at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, where he will stand at a fee of $40,000.

Last year’s US champion two-year-old, Nyquist was unbeaten in his first eight starts, among them five at the top level including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in May.

But he never won again, being beaten into third behind arch rival Exaggerator after a questionable ride in the Preakness Stakes and then fourth to the same rival in the Haskell Invitational. The pair met seven times, Nyquist coming out on top the first four times, then Exaggerator mastering him twice before both were well beaten behind Connect in the Pennsylvania Derby in September.

Nyquist, who carried the colours of Reddam Racing, was ridden by Mario Gutierrez in all his career starts. The colt was last week ruled out of the Breeders’ Cup with what his trainer described as a “puffy ankle”.

Reflecting on the colt’s retirement, O’Neill added: “Though Nyquist is 100 per cent sound and X-rays are clean, the timing unfortunately precludes us from the dream of having him run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in our own backyard.”

The news means that all three horses to have won Triple Crown races this year have already been retired, with Exaggerator due to stand at WinStar in 2017 and Belmont Stakes victor Creator sold to Japan for stallion duties.


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