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It’s hard not to feel a bit nostalgic today as we recall the events of the Triple Crown last year, but crowd favorite Nyquist put on an absolute show to handily win the 142nd Kentucky Derby this afternoon.
The colt by Uncle Mo out of Seeking Gabrielle held off a hard charging Exaggerator to take the win in a speedy time of 2:01.31. Nyquist, trained by Doug O’Neill, ridden by Mario Gutierrez and owned by Reddam Racing LLC, won the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year and followed that up with wins in the San Vicente Stakes and Florida Derby in 2016.
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He now takes an undefeated record of 8 wins in as many starts to the Preakness Stakes — you may remember the last undefeated winner of the Derby was Barbaro.
Nyquist was sent off as the heavy favorite today with final odds of 2-1. Exaggerator was a hard closing second, followed by another heavily favored horse, Gun Runner. There is one DNF (Did Not Finish) listed on the final running order in Shagaf. Reports are that the horse tired and was pulled up and was not injured.