Nyquist won the Best Pal Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths.

Nyquist won the Best Pal Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths.

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Promising Youth on Display in Futurity

Nyquist coming off a 5 1/4-length score in the Best Pal (gr. II) Aug. 8.

There will be no shortage of hope surrounding the 68th running of the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on the seaside racetrack’s closing day, Sept. 7.

A year ago, eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah  broke his maiden in the seven-furlong grade I event for 2-year-olds, the first of eight straight graded victories for the Pioneerof the Nile colt.

The odds of another Triple Crown winner emerging from the first top level race for 2-year-olds on the West Coast are rightfully long, but Reddam Racing’s Nyquist  has already provided a flash of brilliance.

After breaking his maiden at first asking for trainer Doug O’Neill June 5 at Santa Anita Park, the son of Uncle Mo  blew away the field to win by 5 1/4 lengths in the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 8 at Del Mar. The place and show horses from the Best Pal—Swipe and Annie's Candy—return to try Nyquist again in the Futurity.

BALAN: Nyquist Draws Off in Best Pal Stakes 

Trainer Bob Baffert, who has a record 12 Futurity victories since 1996 when he first won the race with Silver Charm, will enter two in Monday’s edition. Hal Earnhardt’s Nightly News is entering as a maiden, after a second-place finish in his debut Aug. 26 at Del Mar, while Mt Veeder (owned by Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton) impressed in his bow Aug. 15 in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event the Ghostzapper  colt took by 2 1/4 lengths.

"He’s quick and he’s improving, but this is a tough race," Baffert said of Mt Veeder. "This is a good test for him."

Another impressive debut winner entered is Doubledown Stables’ Blameitonthelaw, who scored by 4 1/4 lengths Aug. 2 at Del Mar. The John Sadler trainee is a son of Blame .

Archaeo adds blinkers for his second start. In his first, the O’Neill trainee struggled, finishing fifth, 22 1/2 lengths back Aug. 8 at Del Mar. 

Debut winner Rockin Bayou, a neck winner in the slop at Del Mar July 18, completes the field.

Entries: Del Mar Futurity (G1)

Del Mar, Monday, September 07, 2015, Race 8

  • Grade I
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $300,000
  • 2 yo
  • 5:49 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Nightly News (KY)Rafael Bejarano116Bob Baffert-
22Annie's Candy (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor Espinoza118Peter Miller-
33Swipe (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKent J. Desormeaux120J. Keith Desormeaux-
44Mt Veeder (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMartin Garcia118Bob Baffert-
55Nyquist (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMario Gutierrez122Doug F. O'Neill-
66Archaeo (KY)James Graham116Doug F. O'Neill-
77Blameitonthelaw (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTyler Baze118John W. Sadler-
88Rockin Bayou (LA)Mike E. Smith118Jeff Mullins-