For Mohaymen, a bumpy ride from favorite to afterthought

Nyquist will run out of the No13 post in Saturday's 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby and is favored to become the eighth undefeated horse to win America's most famous thoroughbred race. The post position draw was conducted at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May the 4th, 2016. On May the 6th, seven races will be shown live on NBCSN beginning at 12:30 p.m.

No horse has won from the No. 2 spot since Affirmed in 1978, but about 28 percent of entrants from that gate have finished in the top three, the second-highest mark of any post.

Nyquist is trained by Doug O'Neill and owned by J. Paul Reddam, the same team that led I'll Have Another to victory in the 2012 Kentucky Derby at 15-to-1 odds and followed it up with a victory in the Preakness. The horse capped off his 2015 campaign with a triumph in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (GI) at Keeneland.

O'Neill said. "We're happy being towards the outside". I imagine those guys will be very content to help each other throttle down the pace. Exaggerator won the Santa Anita Derby.

Steve Asmussen trains the six-weeker Gun Runner as well as Creator, who is back three weeks after his Arkansas Derby win. Creator drew the No. 3 post, while Gun Runner was assigned No. 5.

In that same race, after Exaggerator flew by, jockey Gary Stevens seemed to just cruise Mor Spirit home for an easy second - saving something for Louisville. Pletcher-trainee Liam's Map won the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile last fall off an eight-week hiatus while Kentucky Oaks morning-line favorite Rachel's Valentina was beaten by a neck in the Grade I Ashland Stakes on April the 9th, her first outing since running second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last October the 31st.

Blue Grass Stakes victor Brody's Cause, who was among the unluckiest contenders in drawing the No. 19 post, is also expected to come late.

You don't have to be a Kentucky Derby trivia expert to know California-based horses have historically fared well in America's most famous horse race, including three of the past four winners of the Run for the Roses.

The 100 Beyer that Destin earned in his last start in winning the Tampa Bay Derby is the best last-out Beyer, aside from the 103 that Exaggerator earned in his last race.

Of the few horses in the field known for early speed, Outwork will break from the 15th post and Danzing Candy the 20th.

 

 

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