Nyquist is just un­beat­able on Derby day

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The rac­ing world won­dered if there was a wor­thy suc­ces­sor to last year’s Triple Crown cham­pion Amer­i­can Pharoah. En­ter Nyquist.

The bay colt who lacks any dis­tinc­tive mark­ings won the Kentucky Derby by one­and-a-quar­ter lengths, im­prov­ing to 8-0 in his ca­reer as the fourth con­sec­u­tive favourite to win the race.

Rid­den by Mario Gu­tier­rez, Nyquist ran one-and-one-quar­ter miles in 2:01.31.

The three-year-old colt be­came the eighth un­beaten win­ner in the race’s 142-year his­tory, and the first since Big Brown in 2008.

“We got a beau­ti­ful trip from the start to the end,” said jockey Gu­tier­rez.

Nyquist de­liv­ered a sec­ond Derby win for Gu­tier­rez, trainer Doug O’Neill and owner J Paul Red­dam. The South­ern Cal­i­for­ni­abased team was be­hind 2012 Derby and Preak­ness win­ner I’ll Have An­other.

“This is such a spe­cial horse,” said O’Neill. “He’s such a pro­fes­sional. Any hu­man sport, he’d be the top-notch ath­lete. “He’s just first class.” Nyquist en­joyed a per­fect trip over the Churchill Downs dirt in front of 167,227, the sec­ond-largest crowd in Derby his­tory.

The colt broke well out of the 13th post and showed some early speed get­ting away from the gate. Gu­tier­rez eased Nyquist back to let speed­ster Danz­ing Candy take the lead go­ing into the chaotic first turn.

“His run was awe­some,” said owner Red­dam. “This horse, he’s re­ally some­thing. We’re just re­ally lucky to be a part of that.”

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