There would be no long shot at Churchill Downs to halt the hottest horse on the planet.
Nyquist kept the blemish-free record intact with a win at the Kentucky Derby, edging Exaggerator by one and one-quarter lengths to boost the record to 8-0; Gun Runner finished in third. Nyquist tracked down the early front-runner in Danzing Candy for the first-half mile and once past Gun Runner on the final turn, clicked into second gear to outrun the field.
Owned by Paul Reddam, Nyquist received his name from current Detroit Red Wings forward, Gustav Nyquist. Reddam, who grew up in Windsor, Ontario, right on the outskirts of Detroit, is a lifelong Red Wings fan. He’ll have a chance to pull off yet another thrilling feat in two weeks.
This is a familiar spot for Nyquist’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, and rider, Mario Gutierrez: The two held the same positions for I’ll Have Another back in 2012, who won the first two races of the Triple Crown before being scratched prior to the Belmont.
Unfortunately for Exaggerator, its rider, Kent Desormeaux, could have joined his brother and trainer, Keith, for the only pair of siblings to ever win the Derby together.
After a record-setting crowd on hand last season for American Pharoah’s Kentucky Derby win, this year’s attendance finished second with roughly 167,000 attendees.