Undefeated Nyquist Slated for March 28 Arrival for Florida Derby Clash
Wavell Avenue, You Bought Her Top G2 Inside Information Nominations
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Doug O’Neill confirmed Wednesday that Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist is scheduled to arrive at Gulfstream Park March 28 for a highly anticipated clash of undefeated 3-year-old colts with Mohaymen in the $1 million Florida Derby (G2) April 2.
“Our plan right now is to ship on the 28th. We’re scheduled to breeze tomorrow and every week until we go there,” O’Neill said. “When he gets there he’ll just go to the track. He won’t work.”
The Santa Anita-based colt is undefeated in six lifetime starts, including a triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 31 start clinched the 2015 Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male.
“The Keeneland race showed he can travel. We’re not concerned about him needing a certain track. I don’t think the surface matters to him,” said O’Neill, who shipped He’s Had Enough to Gulfstream for a fifth-place finish in the 2013 Fountain of Youth (G2).
Nyquist made a successful 2016 debut at Santa Anita Feb. 15 when the son of Uncle Mo notched a 1 ½-length decision in the San Vicente (G2) under regular jockey Mario Gutierrez. Reddam Racing, O’Neill and Gutierrez teamed up with I’ll Have Another to capture the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1).
Mohaymen, who has captured the Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) and xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) during the Championship Meet, is preparing for the Florida Derby at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training center in Palm Beach County.
Wavell Avenue Tops List for G2 Inside Information Nominations
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) winner Wavell Avenue leads a list of 18 fillies and mares nominated to the $200,000 Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 19.
Richard Perkins and Hinsley Racing Stable’s You Bought Her, the 2015 Inside Information runner-up; Rags Racing Stable LLC’s Sarah Sis, a multiple graded-stakes winner who finished her 2015 campaign with a victory in the Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland; Seajay Racing’s Spelling Again, who captured the Chilukki (G2) at Churchill last fall; Miller Racing’s Best Behavior, a three-length winner of the Sugar Swirl (G3) at Gulfstream two starts back; and Stoneway Farm’s Stonetastic, a five-length winner of the Miami Shores at Gulfstream last time out; are among the more prominent nominees for the seven-furlong Inside Information.
The $75,000 Spectacular Bid, which attracted 17 nominations, and the $75,000 Any Limit, which drew 15 nominations, are scheduled to support the Inside Information March 19.