Moquest, a full-brother to champion and leading freshman sire Nyquist, will stand his debut season at stud at Milky Way Farm in Temecula, Calif., in 2022 for an advertised fee of $4,500.
The 3-year-old colt is by leading sire Uncle Mo, who has amassed over $80 million in progeny earnings, and is the sire of 42 graded stakes winners, including Grade 1 winners Golden Pal, Yaupon, and Kentucky Derby hopeful Mo Donegal, winner of the G2 Remsen Stakes. Uncle Mo is also the sire of Adare Manor, winner of the Grade 3 Las Virgenes Stakes.
Uncle Mo was a top-10 general sire and second-leading turf sire in 2021. Last year, Uncle Mo’s sales yearlings averaged $270,915, including two yearlings that sold last year for $1.6 million and $1.1 million. His 2-year-olds averaged $287,786 last year, including a $1.3 million purchase by the Coolmore partnership’s M.V. Magnier at the Fasig Tipton Gulfstream Select 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale
Moquest is a full-brother to champion 2-year-old, Kentucky Derby winner, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Nyquist, the leading cumulative second-crop sire by earnings. Nyquist has 11 graded stakes 2-year-olds from his first two crops. He was also the second-leading second-crop general and turf sire by earnings in 2021.
Nyquist is the sire of Kentucky Derby hopeful Slow Down Andy, winner of the G2 Los Alamitos Futurity. He is also the sire of Turnerloose, who is currently ranked first by Kentucky Oaks qualifying points, as well as Oaks contender Awake at Midnyte.
In 2021, Nyquist’s sale yearlings averaged $151,826 and his 2-year-olds averaged $328,167 including the sale-topper at Fasig Tipton Gulfstream Sale selling for $2.6 million to M.V. Magnier.
Both Moquest and Nyquist are out of the top producing mare, Seeking Gabrielle out of the Grade 1 winner Forestry. Seeking Gabrielle has produced several million-dollar yearlings, lead by her Tapit son, selling for $2.6 million.
To date, her progeny have sold for a combined $5.4 million. Forestry has been an exceptional broodmare sire, producing 72 stakes winners as of 2021, his notable daughters have produced not only Nyquist, but Instilled Regard, Bobby’s Kitten, Rushing Fall and Chewing Gum.
On his own accord, Moquest sold to the Coolmore partnership for $650,000 at the 2020 Keeneland September Sale. However, an early training injury prevented the colt from racing.
Moquest will be supported in the breeding shed by his owners, EAS Alliance LLC, which will breed a number of mares to him. He crosses well with Unusual Heat & Square Eddie mares.