Nasreddine breaks her maiden in style at Del Mar

Filly becomes 14th winner for Champion Nyquist

Nasreddine took command in the stretch and drew off late on her way to winning a six-furlong maiden contest by one-and-a-quarter lengths at Del Mar Nov. 7. The dark bay filly became the 14th winner for her sire, Nyquist.

Breaking from post five, Nasreddine settled in third, just behind the leaders Lunatic and Frosteria (by Frosted) through the early stages of the race. Making her bid while racing wide on the far turn, Nasreddine rolled up to challenge Frosteria at the top of the stretch. The two fillies battled through the lane with Nasreddine pulling away late to post the victory. Moonlight d’Oro (by Medaglia d’Oro) completed the Darley-sired trifecta when getting up for third late.

Bred in Kentucky by John C. Oxley, Nasreddine is out of Appreciating, a Graded Stakes-placed daughter of Sky Mesa. Appreciating is a half-sister to Buddy’s Humor, winner of the G3 Pan American Stakes, and hails from the immediate family of Celestine (G1 Just a Game Stakes) and Diamond on the Run (G2 Davona Dale).

Nasreddine became the second winner of the weekend for her sire, joining rising star Vequist, who captured the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Friday. In addition to Vequist and Nasreddine, Nyquist is also the sire of Gretzky the Great, winner of the G1 Summer Stakes. Nyquist is the first freshman sire since Danzig in 1984 to have two G1-winning juveniles before the end of September.

Nyquist will stand the 2021 breeding season at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for $75,000, stands and nurses.