Since winning his Maiden debut last June, Nyquist is undefeated through the first seven races of the career. The only undefeated horse at the race attracted the 13 post for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby.
Nyquist is a +300 gambling popular on the odds to win the Kentucky Derby in sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com. The horse is trained by Doug O’Neill and will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who has become the jockey for all seven of Nyquist’s races.
This jockey and trainer tandem won the Kentucky Derby back in 2012 with I Will Have Another. Only four winners of the Kentucky Derby have started in the No. 13 post position.
The 2 horses given the best odds to conquer Nyquist and win the Kentucky Derby are Exaggerator (+750) from the 11 post and Mohaymen (+800) in the 14 post.
Speed handicappers need to like Exaggerator’s consistency as the horse has recorded Beyer speeds of 101 or greater in each of the last four races. Jockey Kent Desormeaux has three Kentucky Derby wins under his belt, most recently riding Big Brown to victory back in 2008.
Exaggerator has been defeated by Nyquist three occasions so far, coming closest to an upset in a runner-up ending from the San Vicente G2 race in February.
Mohaymen had an uncharacteristically bad operation in a fourth-place end in the G1 Florida Derby, ending behind Nyquist and Majesto (+3300) in that race. In his past five career races, Mohaymen was a great 5-0-0, picking up four wins in G2 races and notching a Beyer speed of 102 in 2 of those wins.
At the previous 117 Kentucky Derby races as 1900, just 25 horses starting in post positions of 11 or higher have gone on to win the race. Bettors cautious of those beginning positions of the three favorites could find worth closer to the railroad in Creator (+1200) in post 3, Gun Runner (+900) in post 5 or more Destin (+1400) in post 9.
Other possible contenders include Mor Spirit (+1400), Brody’s Cause (+1400), Outwork (+1600), and Whitmore (+1800). Whitmore will be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who has been the winning of all the last two Kentucky Derbys.
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