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Nyquist captured the 142nd Kentucky Derby on a splendid day in Louisville.
After Nyquist won the Florida Derby, O’Neill opted to send his undefeated horse to Lexington to prep for the Derby instead of flying him back to California. Nyquist had great runs at Keeneland and shipped over to Louisville less than a week before he would capture the roses at the Derby. Now it’s on to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes on May 21st.
Beauty overwhelms Churchill Downs throughout Derby week. Actress Mira Sorvino told me that she felt “as though I’ve stepped into a completely elegant era from long ago.”
Not everyone behaved at Churchill Downs. Drunk teens in preppy clothes tend to lose their minds in the hot sun of the Infield.
———–Can 2016 produce another Triple Crown winner like last year’s sensational American Pharoah? It’s unlikely but not impossible. Stay tuned. In case you missed it, here’s last year’s incredible launch to what would lead to legendary status for Pharoah.
The high holy season in Kentucky is upon us with thoroughbred racing underway at Keeneland thru April 29th. Churchill Downs opens the next day and leads us to the 142nd Kentucky Derby on May 7th. They’re off!
Keeneland paddock, April 15, 2016
another perfect day for win, place, or show
Doug O’Neill, center, is the trainer of Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist.
Neither Tom or I bet on Doug O’Neill’s 2012 Derby winner I’ll Have Another so we won’t miss a chance to ride another O’Neill victory run at this year’s Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.
Watch I’ll Have Another race past 2012 favorite Bodemeister below.
If 2016 reveals another superstar like last year’s American Pharoah, don’t be shocked if his name is Nyquist.
American Pharoah passed Firing Line on the home stretch to win Derby 141 and then go on to win the Triple Crown with victories in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. An unprecedented bonus came on Halloween 2015 when American Pharoah won the Breeder’s Cup Classic at Keeneland, an opportunity unavailable to any prior Triple Crown winner.
Here’s American Pharoah’s final run to glory in the Breeder’s Cup Classic
PRESS RELEASE: Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah breezed four furlongs in :48 on a fast track under Martin Garcia at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Ky. The Bob Baffert-trained 3-year-old will attempt to become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner – and first since Affirmed in 1978 – in the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (Grade I) on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Belmont Park. Splits for the workout were :12.20, :24 and :35.80. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.40 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.20.
Credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography
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Go Pharoah! Bring home the Triple Crown, boy!
A phenomenal Kentucky Derby run by California Chrome secured the hope that a Triple Crown winner could be in the making for 2014. The horse’s owners tell their story below.