- Chris Costello
Nyquist victorious in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby
After this race, I don't think there will be any more Nyquist doubters. It was a very fast paced race that was led at the beginning by Danzing Candy from the 20 stall. Gun Runner and Nyquist followed him around the track until the final turn and there they both made their moves. Gun Runner led early at the beginning of the stretch, but then Nyquist took off and the race was his and nobody was catching him, not even a late charging Exaggerator. With this win Nyquist improved his record to 8-0 and now has earnings totaling just under $5 million. He is the real deal! I doubted him before this race, I thought it was Mohaymen's day but it wasn't, and I am sure I am just as puzzled as Kieran McLaughlin is to why that horse hasn't been running well lately. The Desormeaux brothers should be proud of their effort and I am sure they will be at the Preakness looking to chase down Nyquist again. In my opinion, nobody is going to chase down Nyquist. We have been blessed the last few years to see great horses like California Chrome and American Pharoah race. I believe we have yet another and his name is Nyquist. I am extremely happy for Nyquist's team: Jockey - Mario Gutierrez, Trainer - Doug O'Neil and Owner - J.Paul Reddam. In June of 2012, the day before the Belmont Stakes they scratched and retired I'll Have Another due to tendonitis. They did the right thing, putting the horse above all else. I have no doubt I'll Have Another would've won the Triple Crown that year. So this is a really amazing story that is developing here in the horse racing world. Some horsemen never get second chances at what could've been, and now during the 2016 Triple Crown races we might see that story of second chances become a reality and it is amazing. I believe Nyquist can do it, and I'll tell you something, I will never doubt him again. Good luck to him and his team and I'll see you all soon at the Preakness.