Trainer Butch Reid Jr. said Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, and Swilcan Stable’s reigning champion 2-year-old female Vequist is pointed toward a late summer and fall campaign. One long-term goal is the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1), a 1 1/16-mile test for sophomore fillies Sept. 25 at Parx Racing, where Reid has his primary stable.
“She’s been training lightly down at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, and she’ll be coming back to my barn at Parx in the next 10 days,” said Reid. “We’re looking forward to a fall campaign with her and have our eye on the Cotillion. I could see us possibly getting her a start at the end of Saratoga. We’re excited to get her back in action.”
A dark bay daughter of Nyquist out of the Mineshaft mare Vero Amore , Vequist graduated at second asking with a 9 1/2-length romp in the Spinaway Stakes (G1) in September at Saratoga Race Course. The talented filly followed with a second to Dayoutoftheoffice in the Frizette Stakes (G1) in October at Belmont Park before turning the tables on that foe with a two-length, rail-hugging score in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) in November at Keeneland.
Vequist has been on the shelf since finishing ninth, beaten 26 lengths, in her seasonal debut in the one-mile Davona Dale Stakes (G2) in February at Gulfstream Park.