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Unbeaten Nyquist Wins Kentucky Derby

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Mario Guitierrez rides Nyquist to victory in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 7, 2016.

Mario Guitierrez rides Nyquist to victory in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 7, 2016.

Race favorite Nyquist won the 142nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, becoming the eighth unbeaten horse to win the first jewel in the Triple Crown of American Thoroughbred horse racing.

The colt beat out 19 other competitors in the hectic 1¼-mile (2-kilometer) race.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who also won the Derby with I’ll Have Another in 2012, held off second-choice Exaggerator to win in a time of 2 minutes, 1.31 seconds.

Gun Runner held on for third and Mohaymen came in fourth.

Nyquist paid $6.60, $4.80, $3.60 for a $2 bet.

A hot walker takes Nyquist for a walk after a workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 6, 2016.

A hot walker takes Nyquist for a walk after a workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 6, 2016.

A year ago, American Pharoah won the Derby, launching his run to the sport's first Triple Crown in 37 years.

Now, Nyquist is the only horse in position to replicate the feat this year.

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