Kentucky Derby 2016: Nyquist atop odds heading into Saturday’s Run for the Roses

Since winning his Maiden introduction last June, Nyquist is undefeated throughout the first seven races of the profession. The only real horse in the race drew the 13 article for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby.
Nyquist is a +300 gambling favorite on the possibility to win the Kentucky Derby at sportsbooks tracked by The horse is trained by Doug O’Neill and will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez, that has been the jockey for all seven of Nyquist’s races.
This jockey and trainer tandem won the Kentucky Derby back in 2012 with I’ll Have Another. Only four winners of the Kentucky Derby have started at the No. 13 post position.
The two horses awarded the best odds to defeat Nyquist and win the Kentucky Derby are Exaggerator (+750) in the 11 post and Mohaymen (+800) in the 14 post.
Speed handicappers should like Exaggerator’s consistency as the horse has listed Beyer rates of 101 or higher in each of his past 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 thus far, coming closest to a upset in a runner-up finish from the San Vicente G2 race in February.
Mohaymen had an uncharacteristically poor operation in a fourth-place end at the G1 Florida Derby, finishing behind Nyquist and Majesto (+3300) in that race. In his previous five livelihood 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 these wins.
At the previous 117 Kentucky Derby races since 1900, only 25 horses beginning in post ranks of 11 or higher have gone on to win the race. Bettors wary of the starting positions of the three favorites could find worth closer to the railroad in Creator (+1200) in place 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 jockey of all the last two Kentucky Derbys.

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