Kentucky Derby 2016: Nyquist, Still Undefeated In 8 Starts, Easily Wins The Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby 2016: Nyquist, Still Undefeated In 8 Starts, Easily Wins The Kentucky Derby

Nyquist, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, won the 142nd running of Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

The Doug O’Neill-trained colt was in a good position throughout and his supporters rarely had an anxious moment as he captured the first leg of the Triple Crown in authoritative fashion.

Mario Gutierrez had Nyquist smartly out of the gates but was soon given a lead by Danzing Candy.

He led until the far turn where Gun Runner went on, but Nyquist surged past him at the top of the stretch and quickly established a race-winning advantage.

Exaggerator finished strongly to claim second place but was still a length and a quarter down at the line. Gun Runner was another four and a half lengths away in third.

“He’s such a special horse and such a professional. He’s first class,” O’Neill told At The Races.

“He knows when to rest and when to bring his A game.

“There was no way you could be nervous. You know he would find a way to pull it out at the end and he did. Mario gets a lot of credit too. What a ride.”

Gutierrez, who has ridden Nyquist in all his eight races, said: “It’s unreal.

“It was an amazing feeling. I have a 100 per cent record on Nyquist. I only had to push him out.

“If he sees something coming he keeps going as fast as he needs to go.”

Owner Paul Reddam said: “His run was awesome. I loved the way he fired out of there and sat behind Dancing Candy and had a little breather.

“This horse is really something. We’re just lucky to be part of that.”

The same owner, trainer and jockey won the Kentucky Derby in 2012 with I’ll Have Another, who also won the Preakness Stakes but was denied a crack at the Triple Crown when an injury forced his late withdrawal from the Belmont Stakes.