10/31/2016 11:16AM

Nyquist will stand for $40,000 as Darley announces 2017 stud fees


-- Edited press release --

Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old and 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has been retired and will join Darley’s 2017 stallion roster at Jonabell in Lexington, Ky. Darley announced 2017 fees for all its stallions, and Nyquist will stand for a fee of $40,000 in his inaugural year at stud.

Nyquist will join a group that features two of North America’s elite stallions in Medaglia d’Oro and Bernardini. Medaglia d’Oro’s fees for 2017 will remain at $150,000 and Bernardini’s will remain at $100,000.

The stud fees for the Darley stallions in Kentucky:
Animal Kingdom, $30,000
Bernardini, $100,000
Elusive Quality, $30,000
Girolamo, $10,000
Hard Spun, $45,000
Medaglia d’Oro, $150,000
Midshipman, $8,500
Street Boss, $17,500
Street Sense, $45,000

The stud fees for Darley’s stallions standing at Sequel New York:
Alpha, $7,500
Emcee, $5,000

Nyquist was voted the 2015 champion 2-year-old male following an unblemished record of five wins in as many starts. He won three Grade 1 races at 2 – the Del Mar Futurity, Frontrunner, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

In 2016, Nyquist was won in the Grade 2 San Vicente, the Grade 1 Florida Derby in wire-to-wire fashion, and then captured the Kentucky Derby. In winning the Derby with a perfect record, he became the first juvenile champion to do so since Seattle Slew in 1977. And in winning both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby, he became only the second horse to achieve that historic double, an honor he shares with Darley stallion Street Sense. Nyquist retires with eight wins from 11 starts and earnings of $5,189,200.

Nyquist’s sire, Uncle Mo, currently ranks second among the nation’s leading sires, an impressive achievement given that his first foals are only 3.
Medaglia d’Oro is the sire of 15 Grade 1 winners worldwide, including his brilliant daughter Songbird, whose next start will be in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Champion at 2, Songbird has won a remarkable seven Grade 1 races. Not since Serena’s Song in the mid-90s has a filly achieved as much through her sophomore year.

Medaglia d’Oro’s 4-year-old turf specialist Sentiero Italia is zeroing in on a million dollars in earnings and will hope to surpass that in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. His 2-year-old upstart New Money Honey recently won her maiden in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes and is slated to run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Bernardini is having another fantastic year in 2016. He has been represented by nine graded winners on the dirt, second only to Tapit in that category. His daughter Cavorting captured both the Grade 1 Personal Ensign and Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes and is one of seven Grade 1 horses on dirt for her sire in 2016, more than any other stallion. Another daughter, Jamyson ‘n Ginger, recently posted the highest Beyer of any juvenile in 2016 when winning her maiden at Belmont and now heads to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The stud fees for both Hard Spun and Street Sense will each remain at $45,000 in 2017. Hard Spun’s Grade 1 winner Hard Aces added yet another graded event in 2016 to his resume when winning the Cougar Handicap and is one of 11 stakes winners for his sire this year, a number that places him in the upper echelon of North America’s leaders.

Street Sense’s progeny again found success in Grade 1 company in 2016, including Grade 1 Woodbine Mile runner-up Tower of Texas. His lifetime percentage of Grade 1 horses from starters is the best among all stallions currently standing for less than $75,000.
Animal Kingdom’s popularity continued in 2016, with his book of mares surpassing 150 and his first crop of yearlings featuring a sales yearling of $400,000. The winner of the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup will stand for $30,000.

With the likes of Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia carrying his banner in 2016, Street Boss’s fee will be $17,500. The exceptional filly is one of three Grade 1-winning 3-year-olds on dirt for her sire since 2013. Only Curlin and Tapit can claim more during that timeframe. His other successful 2016 performers include Grade 3 winner Decked Out, Grade 1 Vanderbilt runner-up Holy Boss, and previous Grade 3 winner Metaboss, who has been pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Midshipman has become a perennial leading source of quality runners and is behind only War Front and Uncle Mo by percentage of black type winners to starters in 2016. Top among these is his 11-time stakes-winning daughter Lady Shipman, who is pre-entered in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, a race in which she finished second by a neck last year. The leading third-crop sire by 2016 black-type winners, Midshipman will stand for $8,500, the same as in 2016.

Rounding out the roster at Jonabell will be Elusive Quality ($30,000) and Girolamo ($10,000), while Bernardini’s Grade 1-winning son Alpha ($7,500) and fellow Grade 1 winner Emcee ($5,000) will again stand at Sequel New York.

Darren Fox, Sales Manager at Darley in America, said, “This has been such a great year on a number of fronts. We started the year off with arguably our best year ever in the shed with very strong demand across the board. Then Nyquist followed shortly thereafter with his Kentucky Derby win; an Eclipse champion who was undefeated when winning the Derby hasn’t happened since Seattle Slew, so it’s an exceptional accomplishment.”

Fox continued, “We thought Rachel Alexandra was a once-in-a-lifetime filly, but Medaglia d’Oro has another great one in Songbird. And Bernardini continues to deliver and has become a consistent source of graded winners every year. So all in all, we are expecting strong demand again in 2017 across the board for our stallions.”