Louisville, KY (May 7, 2016)-Unbeaten, unblemished, and unrelenting.
Whatever has been thrown at Reddam Racing's Nyquist, he has been able to handle. And May 7 he added the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to his already impressive résumé.
The son of Uncle Mo broke like a champion from post 13 and was out front in the early strides, but was able to settle into position just off the pace set by Danzing Candy, who broke poorly from the outside post and needed to be rushed up entering the first turn.
Danzing Candy set sizzling fractions once again, ticking off splits of :22.58, :45.72, and 1:10.40 through six furlongs. Nyquist relaxed in second, then in third, as Gun Runner moved up on the inside to challenge Danzing Candy heading into the final turn and took command momentarily in the bend.
The patience of jockey Mario Gutierrez paid off at the top of the stretch, as Nyquist broke away from Gun Runner and held off a strong late drive from Exaggerator to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Gun Runner held for third, another 3 3/4 lengths back. Nyquist hit the wire in 2:01.31 on a track rated fast.
Beyond the top three, the superfecta was completed by Mohaymen, followed by Suddenbreakingnews, Destin, Brody's Cause, Mo Tom, Lani, Mor Spirit, My Man Sam, Tom's Ready, Creator, Outwork, Danzing Candy, Trojan Nation, Oscar Nominated, Majesto, and Whitmore. Shagaf did not finish.
The win gave trainer Doug O'Neill, Gutierrez, and Reddam Racing their second Kentucky Derby victory, following I'll Have Another in 2012.