05/07/2016 7:21PM

Nyquist silences critics, wins Kentucky Derby to stay unbeaten


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nyquist sped clear turning for home and finished clear of a fast-closing Exaggerator in winning the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Nyquist, the 2-1 favorite, remained unbeaten in eight career starts in becoming the second Derby winner for the team of owner Paul Reddam, trainer Doug O’Neill, and jockey Mario Gutierrez, who won the 2012 Derby with I’ll Have Another.

The winner paid $6.60 as the fourth straight winning favorite in the Derby.

Gun Runner was third, followed by Mohaymen and Suddenbreakingnews. The top four were in order of favoritism.

Nyquist, is “just such a special horse,” O’Neill told NBC Sports immediately afterward. “He knows when to bring his ‘A’ game."

Nyquist, a Kentucky-bred bay colt by Uncle Mo, finished the 1 1/4-mile distance in 2:01.31 over a fast track. Exaggerator was 1 1/4 lengths back in second, with Gun Runner another 3 1/4 lengths farther back in third. Mohaymen was up to edge Suddenbreakingnews for fourth.

By number, the full order was 13-11-5-14-2-9-19-4-8-17-6-12-3-15-20-1-7-18-10-16.

Weather was sunny and warm, with the attendance reported at 167,227, the second-highest in race history. The Derby record crowd of 170,513 was set last year.

The $2 exacta (13-11) paid $30.60, the $1 trifecta (13-11-5) returned $86.70, the $1 superfecta (13-11-5-14) was worth $542.10, and the $1 super high five (13-11-5-14-2) paid $5,794.50.

Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
Whats up with Todd Pletcher's horses, maybe he should stop giving them rest and running them more
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
That was not his call - the owners are numbers and sheets watchers, not horsemen ... as if you can tell when a horse is ready to run by reading some numbers written on a piece of paper ( shakes head )
Oliver Benavidez More than 1 year ago
The "point system" has taken actual handicapping out of the equation for the Kentucky Derby. By the time the first Saturday in May rolls around, ALL the horses have shown the bettors what they are and aren't capable of. Hence why the last 4 favorites have won. I honestly believe the last 2 years, with basically the top 4 betting choices running 1st - 4th are going to be the norm from here on out. Thank you, Churchill Downs for basically KILLING our sport. And also, THANK YOU Belmont Park and NYRA for having the only REAL day of racing other than the Breeders Cup!!
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
The point system needs to go....
BobcordaroBob More than 1 year ago
The horses with the highest Beyer Speed Figures finished first and second. Andy has made this an easy game. 
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
What are you talking about, remember Nyquist had low beyers numbers around two turns, going into this race, who would have bet other horses… as usual andy's numbers proved irrelevant 
alex More than 1 year ago
Flashy Beyer Speed Figure for Nyquist 109! The 2 yr.old champion is clearly better at 3 and peaking at the right time. Back to back triple crown champions looks more and more a possibility
Scott More than 1 year ago
I think the only thing that beats Nyquist is possibly the 3 races in 5 weeks schedule.  This is a weak crop of 3 year olds and I'm guessing Nyquist will walk home with a 3 length win in the Preakness.  I was a doubter of him based on pedigree, but any horse that can win the Derby has the tools to win the Belmont Stakes.  Despite being 2 furlongs longer it's the much easier race in my opinion.  The only thing that makes it a true test of Champions is that it's the 3rd race in 5 weeks.  Time will tell, but I think Nyquist is quite a bit better than the rest of his class.
alex More than 1 year ago
You might be right Scott that 3 tough races in a 5 week time span has been the undoing of many greats colts {Spectacular Bid,Smarty Jones, Alysheba,Silver Charm, Big Brown just to name a few . But there really no one out there that has the heart of a champion which no one can deny Nyquist possesses
Alex Saudargas More than 1 year ago
Wondering what the all the Nyquist doubters are having for dinner. 
Stuart Hill More than 1 year ago
wow...Nyquist won the gallop out too until he was finally pulled up. Has any horse ever went past him and stayed past him? Not even SBN or Ex. went by him.
Michael Boatright More than 1 year ago
Derby time 10 lengths faster than last year's
David Najar More than 1 year ago
This Nyquist is a very special horse, he have the evil eye, once he hit the lead it is over, nobody can or will pass this horse once he gets to the front. This could be your second triple crown winner in a row. Tremendous ride by Mario Gutierrez and and even better training job by the great Doug O'Neill and his team.
Scott More than 1 year ago
The race ran like I expected. There were two exceptions though, Nyquist failed to back out of the lead and muhaimin was still coming at the end. I do think Gun Runners jockey got too close to the PACE early and definitely moved his horse too soon. I don't think you would have won, but he should have been closer. Exaggerator ran the race I expected. 
Scott More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, I used voice on my phone and it misspelled Mohaymen.
Stuart Hill More than 1 year ago
Fastest time Derby in the past decade and fastest since 2003 time wise.

That was a torrid pace Nyquist was just off of, and he kicked on clear. One heck of a horse...

GR did well hanging on for 3rd considering that pace. Nice decision to take Ex back and come late...The top 5 are very nice horses, but Nyquist is very special.
Scott More than 1 year ago
It was a nice performance, but the track was fast all day.  As for Gun Runner...I'm not saying he would have won, but I think his jockey had him too close and moved too early.  I had him well covered due to the best Post he could have drawn.  He was destined for the shortest trip and I thought it really bolstered his chances.  I'm nitpicking the ride I know, but that's what you do when you break even.  LOL!

Stuart Hill More than 1 year ago
What was the jockey supposed to do, sit in back of Nyquist (who was 3rd)? There was no way GR was going to outkick AND stay in front of Nyquist. The jockey did a good job in my view, and GR inherited the lead after 6 panels...
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
The fast track was not the reason Nyquist finished so well and ran such a nice time.