Kentucky Derby results 2016: Nyquist finishes 1st, Exaggerator 2nd

On Saturday evening, Churchill Downs in Louisville played host to the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby to officially kickoff Triple Crown season.

After American Pharoah became the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, there was as much excitement as ever when the horses were called from their stables on Saturday.

Entering the race, Nyquist was the heavy favorite to bring home the Kentucky Derby with Exaggerator as the most likely challenger.

When the horses took off, it was Danzing Candy, Nyquist and Gun Runner who went to the front and began to set the pace. Dancing Candy was pulling away down the backstretch to set a solid pace, while Gun Runner and Nyquist went side-by-side into the far turn.

Gun Runner took the lead entering the final turn and Nyquist followed right behind. Nyquist turned on the just down the backstretch and pulled away from the field to earn the win.

Finishing behind Nyquist was Exaggerator in second and Gun Runner in third.

Here are the full results:

1. Nyquist (2-1)
2. Exaggerator (5-1)
3. Gun Runner (10-1)
4. Mohaymen (12-1)
5. Suddenbreakingnews (24-1)
6. Destin (20-1)
7. Brody’s Cause (24-1)
8. Mo Tom (24-1)
9. Lani (28-1)
10. Mor Spirit (12-1)
11. My Man Sam (19-1)
12. Tom’s Ready (46-1)
13. Creator (16-1)
14. Outwork (26-1)
15. Dancing Candy (26-1)
16. Trojan Nation (39-1)
17. Oscar Nominated (39-1)
18. Majesto (56-1)
19. Whitmore (30-1)
20. Shagaf (55-1) – DNF

We will now take a two week break until the Triple Crown action resumes with the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland on Saturday, May 21. The Triple Crown wraps up on Saturday, June 11, with the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York.

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