Nyquist wins 142nd Kentucky Derby

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Nyquist Wins Derby, Remains Unbeaten

Odds-on favorite Nyquist won Saturday's running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, the most famous race in America and the first in the Triple Crown series of three races.

Nyquist finished in first with a time of 2:01.31, beating last year's winner American Pharoah, in terms of time, by almost two seconds.

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Two weeks from now Nyquist will have a shot to take the second leg at the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., and then complete the Triple Crown on June 11 at the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Nyquist opened the day as the overwhelming favorite with 2-to-1 odds, Exaggerator was a 5-to-1 favorite and Gun Runner rounded out the top three with 10-to-1 odds. The favorite doesn't always come out on top, but in this case, Nyquist proved to be the strongest for a majority of the race.

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The 142nd race in the iconic Churchill Downs drew a big crowd and millions more watched on television. This is one of those sporting events where, even if you don't follow the sport, it's always exciting to watch.

There's a lot of build-up for a two-plus minute race with about 20 different competitors, but it's an American tradition. Here's to hoping Nyqvist can follow in American Pharoah's footsteps and make a run at the 2016 Triple Crown.

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Nyquist wins 142nd Kentucky Derby
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Jan Baty enjoys a mint julep before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Kramer Caswell/Louisville Courier-Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Monique Rosteing poses with her derby hat before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: David Lee Hartlage/Louisville Courier-Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; April Pauly poses with her derby hat before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: David Lee Hartlage/Louisville Courier-Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; General view as race fans fill the grandstand before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; General view of roses and the twin spires before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Fans in derby hats take photos as celebrities arrive on the red carpet before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Fans in derby hats take photos as celebrities arrive on the red carpet before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Horse racing fan Ellen Palmer wears a derby hat in the infield during the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Borton/Louisville Courier-Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; A patron wears a derby hat before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; A general view of fans dressed in costume and derby hats in the infield before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; A general view of mint juleps for sale before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; A thousand dollar mint julep at a bar before the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Exercise rider Joel Cano works Kentucky Derby hopeful Oscar Nominated during workouts in advance of the 2016 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Exercise riders work their horses during workouts in advance of the 2016 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Exercise rider Carlos Rosa works Kentucky Derby hopeful Gun Runner during workouts in advance of the 2016 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Exercise rider Faustian Aguilar works Kentucky Derby contender Cherry Wine during workouts in advance of the 2016 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Exercise rider Jonny Garcia works Kentucky Derby hopeful Nyquist during workouts in advance of the 2016 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 4, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; A groom washes Kentucky Derby hopeful Nyquist during workouts in advance of the 2016 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
May 2, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Nyquist walks out on the track along side Mohaymen as they prepare to exercise at morning workouts for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop Nyquist #13 after crossing the finish line to win the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Danzing Candy #20, ridden by Mike E. Smith, and Nyquist #13, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, lead the field during the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop Nyquist #13 after crossing the finish line to win the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Nyquist #13, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, crosses the finish line to win the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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