Nyquist is just unbeatable on Derby day
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.”