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Nyquist nabbed the win at the 142nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Nyquist, who ran from Gate 13, was this year’s favorite at 2-1 odds. Exaggerator took the no. 2 spot and showed at odds of 5–1 while Gun Runner came in third and placed at 10–1 odds.
The thoroughbred, who was named after hockey forward Gustav Norquist of the Detroit Red Wings, has an undefeated 8-in-8 record as he has conquered the Kentucky Derby, which is the first leg of the Triple Crown, the ultimate prize in horse racing. Now, Nyquist, along with winning jockey Mario Gutierrez, moves on to the 141st Preakness Stakes in two weeks for the second leg of the Triple Crown contest. The race will be held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday, May 21, 2016. This will be followed by the third leg of the Triple Crown contest, the Belmont Stakes. The 148th Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park in Belmont, New York, on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
As Nyquist nabbed the 2016 Kentucky Derby win, the attention turns to the upcoming Preakness Stakes and possibility of another Triple Crown win, similar to American Pharoah who managed the feat in 2015. American Pharoah was the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. If Nyquist succeeds, this will be the first time there have been back-to-back Triple Crown winners since Seattle Slew and Affirmed pulled it off in 1977 and 1978.
Written and Edited By Leigh Haugh
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