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Favorite Nyquist Wins 2016 Kentucky Derby

Favorite Nyquist Wins 2016 Kentucky Derby by Reinier Macatangay: Despite remaining undefeated, Nyquist failed to attract the major hype and attention one would expect from a Kentucky Derby (GI) favorite, partially because of the disbelief surrounding his potential to win at 10 furlongs. Nyquist proved his critics wrong today at Churchill Downs, as he held on to win the Derby over his usual foe Exaggerator.

Nyquist Kentucky Derby 2016

Nyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez won the 142nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for trainer Doug O’Neill.
Photo: Caris Photography

Trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist improved his record to 8 wins out of 8 career starts. Before this race, he had won the Florida Derby (GI) by over three lengths, but appeared tired nearing the finish line and switched to his wrong lead late. Subsequently, he failed to give the “invincible” aura.

Well, right about now Nyquist looks invincible.

Danzing Candy, as expected, set the pace and went through quick opening splits of 22 and change and 45 for the first half mile. He faded and set the stage for Gun Runner on the inside and Nyquist.

The horses straightened out and Nyquist began to look like the winner. Exaggerator tried to come on late, but as in their previous matchups, just could not find enough. Gun Runner held on for a desperate third.

Nyquist won for owner Reddam Racing, which means the connections behind Nyquist are exactly the same as 2012 Kentucky Derby champion I’ll Have Another, who almost made a run at the Triple Crown that year before becoming injured before the Belmont Stakes (GI).

Now, Nyquist will make his run at the Triple Crown by competing in the Preakness Stakes (GI) at Pimlico Racecourse in two weeks. Recent history shows that horses with speed or tactical speed fare extremely well in the second leg of the Triple Crown, which is a good trend that works in favor of Nyquist.

Mohaymen completed the superfecta by finishing fourth and Suddenbreakingnews rounded out the Top 5.

The Kentucky Derby is considered the most important race in North America and has been run since 1875, when Churchill Downs first opened.

Unlike most other races, the Derby allows up to 20 entries, making the event unique besides its historical significance. Whoever wins the race stamps their place in racing history forever.

With the retirement of American Pharoah, horse racing could use a new megastar to fill his shoes. More work needs to be done in the second leg of the Triple Crown, but Nyquist appears on the path to stardom. On to Baltimore!

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Kentucky Derby 2016 Results, Payouts, Photo Gallery

Kentucky Derby 2016 Order Of Finish
1. Nyquist
2. Exaggerator
3. Gun Runner
4. Mohaymen
5. Suddenbreakingnews
6. Destin
7. Brody’s Cause
8. Mo Tom
9. Lani
10. Mor Spirit
11. My Man Sam
12. Tom’s Ready
13. Creator
14. Outwork
15. Danzing Candy
16. Trojan Nation
17. Oscar Nominated
18. Majesto
19. Whitmore
20. Shagaf (DNF)

$2 exacta (13-11) $30.60
$1 trifecta (13-11-5) $86.70
$1 superfecta (13-11-5-14) $542.10

Nyquist $6.60 $4.80 $3.60
Exaggerator $5.40 $4.20
Gun Runner $6.00

Kentucky Derby Odds and Post Positions 2016
Race 12 6:34 p.m. ET
1 Trojan Nation 50-1 Gryder/Gallagher
2 Suddenbreakingnews 20-1 Quinonez/Von Hemel
3 Creator 10-1 Santana, Jr./Asmussen
4 Mo Tom 20-1 Lanerie/Amoss
5 Gun Runner 10-1 Geroux/Asmussen
6 My Man Sam 20-1 Ortiz, Jr./Brown
7 Oscar Nominated 50-1 Leparoux/Maker
8 Lani 30-1 Take/Matsunaga
9 Destin 15-1 Castellano/Pletcher
10 Whitmore 20-1 Espinoza/Moquett
11 Exaggerator 8-1 Desormeaux/Desormeaux
12 Tom’s Ready 30-1 Hernandez, Jr./Stewart
13 Nyquist 3-1 Gutierrez/O’Neill
14 Mohaymen 10-1 Alvarado/McLaughlin
15 Outwork 15-1 Velazquez/Pletcher
16 Shagaf 20-1 Rosario/Brown
17 Mor Spirit 12-1 Stevens/Baffert
18 Majesto 20-1 Jaramillo/Delgado
19 Brody’s Cause 12-1 Saez/Romans
20 Danzing Candy 15-1 Smith/Size, Jr.

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