Nyquist Fine Following Colic Surgery

Champion Nyquist, who will be standing at Darley in 2017 for his first season, is recovering from successful colic surgery performed at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute on December 22.

Darley Chief Operating Officer Dan Pride said Nyquist was showing signs of discomfort, which led to the operation. Unless there are any further complications or setbacks, Nyquist will be able to start his breeding season as scheduled in February. He is set to stand for $40,000.

“He was just uncomfortable in the stall and our night watch contacted our stallion manager, Graham Lovatt and (director of farm operations) Michael Banahan, and they made the decision to take him to Hagyard,” said Pride. “The team there did a great job. They quickly diagnosed him and got it taken care of.”

Pride gave credit to both the Darley staff and Hagyard team for an early diagnosis and said the surgery was “about as straightforward as you could have, given the situation.”

“There was a little twist that they had to undo, but it was very straightforward,” said Pride. “Assuming he has a normal recovery, and there is no reason he shouldn’t, he’ll be available to start the breeding season in February on schedule.”

“We’re very optimistic,” said Darley president Jimmy Bell. “In most of these cases, when you catch them early enough, your chances improve greatly over something else getting to be more problematic. We have a very alert crew and had a very good response from the Hagyard team.”

Nyquist won eight out of 11 career starts and earned over $5.1 million.

Desert Party Sold to Co-breeder Stephen Sinatra and Partners

Graded stakes winner Desert Party is no longer owned by Darley after the New York sire was sold to a partnership that is headed up by of co-breeder Stephen Sinatra. The sale means Desert Party will be relocated to Irish Century Farm.

“You never know in this business how things are going to work out, do you?” said Sinatra, who is the Managing Partner of Desert Party’s new ownership group. “Having been one of his breeders, I’ve followed his career closely and am truly excited about being able to stand him and keep him in New York. And I must express my appreciation to Darley for working with us, as I know other offers were also fielded.”

The 2017 stud fee for Desert Party has yet to be announced and most likely won’t be made public until next year. In ten starts for Godolphin, Desert Party won six and earned $2.1 million. A few noteworthy wins include the Sanford Stakes (gr. II), the Derrinstown Stud Elnadim Mahab Al Shimall (UAE-III), and the Gulf News UAE Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III).

The past three seasons saw Desert Party stand at Sequel Stallions in New York and he was named the leading freshman sire of New York in 2014. He is also listed as a top-ten sire in New York for 2016, and is led by Saharan, winner of two dirt races and owner of a career-high 102 Equibase Speed Figure.