OPTIMAL Maidens: Nyquist Firster Keeps to Task, Pays $10.00 to Win



MINUTE WALTZ (f, 2, Nyquist–Is It Safe, by Yes It’s True)

Minute Waltz (Nyquist), with a sharp debut score on Saturday, began to repay her $425,000 price tag at Keeneland September. Racing midpack six wide off a blazing first quarter in :21.34, the 4-1 shot rallied in the four to five path to take on the leaders turning for home. The Nyquist filly drew clear in upper stretch, kept to task under Rafael Bejarano and rolled clear to win by 3 1/2 lengths over Little Blaze (Will Take Charge).

Is It Safe produced a Mastery filly in 2019 and a colt by that sire this year. She was bred back to champion Vino Rosso. The 13-year-old mare is a half-sister to Grade I winners Justin Phillip (First Samurai) and Greenpointcrusader (Bernardini); and graded winners Successful Mission (Successful Appeal), Keyed Entry (Honour and Glory) and Algorithms (Bernardini).

Sales history: $425,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP.

Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,092.

O-Rigney Racing, LLC; B-Candy Meadows LLC (KY); T-Philip A. Bauer.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.

OPTIMAL Mating Factors for Minute Waltz (Nyquist)

  • Outcross Percentage = 85% (OPTIMAL >= 70%)
  • Linebreeding Balance = 6 (OPTIMAL <= 10)
  • 2nd Generation Linebreeding Balance = 5 (OPTIMAL <= 17)
  • Grand sire/Grand dam Pair Percentage = 17% (OPTIMAL <= 17%)
  • Gender-balanced Linebreeding Difference = 2 (OPTIMAL <= 2)
  • Number of Dominant Runner Female Families = 4 (OPTIMAL >= 4)
  • Number of Dominant Sire Female Families = 3 (OPTIMAL >= 1)

NOTE: All 7 factors are met.

Key Linebreedings

  • 6×6 Dr. Fager – through daughters Surgery & Killaloe
  • 5×5 Mr. Prospector – through sons Seeking the Gold & Fappiano

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