Nyquist Wins Kentucky Derby to Stay Unbeaten

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Mario Gutierrez aboard Nyquist (purple) races Florent Geroux aboard Gun Runner (right) during the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Brian Spurlock/USA Today/Reuters

Favorite Nyquist won the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday to run his unbeaten record to 8-0.

Nyquist pulled away from Gun Runner down the stretch and then held off a closing charge by Exaggerator to win the first leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds.

Exaggerator, the second choice, finished second by about a length followed by Gun Runner, with Mohaymen taking fourth.

Nyquist paid $6.60, $4.80, $3.60 for a $2 bet in becoming the eighth unbeaten horse ever to triumph in the Run for the Roses.

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A patron wears a traditional derby hat before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Brian Spurlock/USA Today/Reuters