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Nyquist Rides to Victory in Kentucky Derby

Added on: May 10, 2016

2-1 favorite Nyquist held off Exaggerator to win the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday 7th May, 2016. Nyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez have entered an elite list of winners which also includes names like Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015), as well as California Chrome (2014) and Orb (2013).

The three-year-old favourite ended up winning America’s most famous horse race by one and a quarter lengths in a time of 2:01:31 and improving to 8-0 in his career as the fourth consecutive favourite to ride to victory in this event. As usual this event took place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and the runner up this year from a field of 20 horses was Exaggerator. Out of the 22,000 registered thoroughbred horses that are born each year in North America, just 20 of these horses get to take part in the Derby.

“This is such a special horse,” said Nyquist’s trainer, Doug O’Neill. He then went on to say, “You can see it in his eye on a daily basis, and he's such a professional. Any human sport, he'd be the top-notch athlete. He's just first-class.” This was the second Derby win for Gutierrez and O’Neill and also for owner J. Paul Reddam.

“You just felt there was no way you could be nervous because you just felt like you were going in the gym with Kobe Bryant,” said O’Neill. He then finished by saying, “You just knew he was going to figure out a way to pull it out at the end, and he did. Mario gets a lot of credit too. What a ride, what a ride.” We managed to obtain these exact comments directly from the official ESPN website.

Nyquist pocketed a total of $1,631,600 from this year’s victory. Second place Exaggerator walked away with a total of $400,000. Third place Gun Runner received a $200,000 payout. Fourth place Mohaymen won a total of $100,000 and fifth place Suddenbreakingnews ended up receiving $60,000.

The Kentucky Derby is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” and it is a race for thoroughbred horses that are aged 3-years-old and up. The total distance of this left-handed dirt track is 1 1⁄4 miles (10 furlongs; 2,012 m) and the fastest ever runner was Secretariat who won back in 1973 in a time of 1:59 2⁄5 secs. For more information about this race, head over to the official Kentucky Derby website any time of the year.