LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby by 1 1/4 lengths on Saturday, improving to 8-0 in his career as the fourth consecutive favorite to win the race.
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist ran 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.31. The 3-year-old colt became the eighth unbeaten winner in the race’s 142-year history. He paid $6.60, $4.80 and $3.60 as the 2-1 favorite in the full field of 20 horses.READ MORE: Jury Selection To Begin Monday In Jussie Smollett Trial
Nyquist delivered a second Derby win for Gutierrez, trainer Doug O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam. They were the team behind 2012 Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another.
Exaggerator returned $5.40 and $4.20, while Gun Runner was another 3 ¼ lengths back in third and paid $6 to show.READ MORE: At Least 41 People Wounded, 5 Killed In Thanksgiving Weekend Shootings In Chicago
Mohaymen finished fourth and Suddenbreakingnews was fifth.
A year ago, American Pharoah won the Derby, launching his run to the sport’s first Triple Crown in 37 years.
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