Hacking It Up appears to have found a home on the turf after he rallied in the stretch to win the $75,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes on the lawn at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, 30 April.
Hacking It Up became the second Stakes winner of the afternoon for his sire, Nyquist, joining fellow three-year-old New York Thunder, who captured the Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine. Two of Hacking It Up’s three victories have come on the turf.
Under a patient ride from jockey Evin Roman, Hacking It Up was settled in mid-pack early as he saved ground along the inside rail. Roman tipped Hacking It Up to the outside on the far turn and set his mount down for the drive as the runners entered the home straight. It took the length of the stretch but Hacking It Up reeled in longtime leaders Please Focus and Clovisconnection nearing the wire to win by a half-length.
Hacking It Up was bred in California by Reddam Racing LLC, and is out of Hacktivism, a winning daughter of Square Eddie. Second dam, Prima Creatura (Barathea), is a full sister to French Stakes winner, Pampa Negra. The family has also produced Stakes winners Don Bosco (G2) and Colonia (G3).
In addition to Hacking It Up and New York Thunder, Nyquist is also represented this year by two-time Stakes winner Johannes and by Flying Connection, winner of the Listed Sunland Park Oaks.
Nyquist stands at Jonabell Farm for a fee of $55,000 in 2023.