NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The more things change the more they stay the same at the Kentucky Derby. For the fourth straight year, the favorite found the winners circle. This time around, it was Nyquist crossing the line first. It's something he's done in all eight races he's run.
To say that jockey Mario Gutierrez has been down this road before is an understatement. Back in 2012, he won his first Kentucky derby on board I'll Have Another. Today, Gutierrez took Nyquist around the one and a quarter mile track in just over two minutes, the fastest finish since 2003.
There were a number of horses that thought they could pull the upset. Most notably, Tom and Gayle Benson's horses Mo Tom and Tom's ready. But, the best they could do was eighth and twelfth respectively. Not, bad for the Benson's first time at Churchill Downs.
In the end, Nyquist was too good. But, two horses that have run at the Fairgrounds weren't bad either. Exaggerator and Gun Runner finished second and third respectively.
The 142nd Kentucky Derby will be remembered for a lot of things but what matters most today is that nearly one year removed from horse racing's first triple crown winner in nearly forty years, everyone's wondering if Nyquist can follow suit. Can Nyquist rise to the occasion two more times. Only time will tell.