Trained by Kenny McPeek for C&H Diamond Racing and Baccari Racing Stable, the 2-year-old filly vied in second in Sunday's mile maiden special weight before taking over in the stretch. She pulled away to win by 3 3/4 lengths under jockey Rafael Bejarano. The final time on the fast track was 1:39.74.
The Ellis race was the second for the dark bay or brown filly. She was fifth in her June 28 debut over five furlongs on a sloppy main track at Churchill Downs. She has earned $24,570.
Dream Quist was consigned by Baccari Bloodstock to the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings Sale, where McPeek, acting as agent, purchased her for $265,000. She was bred in Kentucky by Seclusive Farm, Chester Prince, Anne Prince, and James Murphy out of the stakes-winning Sea of Secrets mare Seacrettina.
Nyquist was campaigned by Reddam Racing and trained by Doug O'Neill during his two seasons on the racetrack. The son of Uncle Mo —Seeking Gabrielle, by Forestry, earned champion 2-year-old honors with wins in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), FrontRunner Stakes (G1), Del Mar Futurity (G1), and Best Pal Stakes (G2). At 3, he took the San Vicente Stakes (G2) and Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) on his way to the Kentucky Derby victory.
He raced three more times after the Kentucky Derby, including a third in the Preakness Stakes (G1), and was retired with an 8-0-1 record in 11 starts and earnings of $5,189,200.
Nyquist was bred in Kentucky by Summerhill Farm and was sent through the auction ring three times. Consigned by Paramount Sales as a weanling to the 2013 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, the bay sold to Madison Farm for $180,000. Back at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale as part of the Dromoland Farm consignment, he was purchased by Sutton Place Stables for $230,000. And in 2015 at The Gulfstream Sale, Fasig-Tipton's select 2-year-old sale in Florida, he was a $400,000 purchase by agent Dennis' O'Neill.
Nyquist began his stud career at Darley near Lexington in 2017 and has stood for $40,000 since.