Favored Nyquist Wins Kentucky Derby

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

“He’s such a special horse,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “He’s such a professional.”

Nyquist, undefeated in eight starts, grabbed the lead down the homestretch and held off Exaggerator in the 142nd running of the Derby.

The unofficial winning time was a fast 2:01.31.

Gutierrez was aboard Derby winner I’ll Have Another in 2012 in his only other Derby start.

A total of 167,227 people attended the race, the second-highest attendance in history. Last year, there were 170,513 fans.

The next leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, will be held May 21.