2016 Kentucky Derby

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142nd Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
2016-kderby-logo.jpg
Official logo for the 2016 Kentucky Derby
LocationChurchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
DateMay 7, 2016 (2016-05-07)
Winning horseNyquist
Winning time2:01.31
JockeyMario Gutierrez
TrainerDoug O'Neill
OwnerJ. Paul Reddam
ConditionsFast
SurfaceDirt
Attendance167,227
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The 2016 Kentucky Derby was the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. The race was run at 6:51 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on May 7, 2016 at Churchill Downs.[1] The race was broadcast in the United States on the NBC television network.[2] The second largest attendance of 167,227 was on hand for the event.[3]

Qualification[edit]

The Kentucky Derby is a race for 3-year-old Thoroughbred horses.[4] The 2016 field was determined by the Road to the Kentucky Derby points system that was first introduced in 2013.[5]

Field[edit]

The Post Position Draw of the entries for the Kentucky Derby was held Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Churchill Downs Racetrack clubhouse.[6] After the draw was made, the undefeated Nyquist was installed as the 3–1 morning line favorite.[7] In spite of having been undefeated in his seven previous races and having already defeated several of the other entries, including second-favorite Exaggerator, Nyquist was viewed as vulnerable, in part because of the statistical improbability of the race favorite winning for four years in a row.[8] Pundits also noted the unusual number of gray horses in the field, four in total and three of them sons of Tapit, a gray stallion who is ranked as the leading sire in America.[9]

Race description[edit]

Nyquist in the starting gate.

At the start, Danzing Candy quickly took the lead and held onto it for seven furlongs (4,600 ft; 1,400 m) until fading. The favorite, Nyquist, broke well and stayed close to the leaders, no farther back than third throughout the race.[1] At the top of the stretch, Gun Runner, who had been running second or third throughout, briefly took the lead but was quickly surpassed by Nyquist. Exaggerator, who had started well back in 15th place,[1] closed fast at the end. Nyquist held him off to win the race by ​1 14 lengths. Nyquist was the eighth undefeated winner in Kentucky Derby history, the first since Big Brown in 2008. The last horse to have been undefeated in seven races prior to winning the Derby was Majestic Prince in 1969.[10]

Results[edit]

Finish Post Horse Jockey Trainer Morning
Line Odds
Final
Odds
Margin
(lengths)
Winnings Points
1 13 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill 3–1 2.30 1 14 $1,631,600 130
2 11 Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux J. Keith Desormeaux 8–1 5.10 1 14 $400,000 126
3 5 Gun Runner Florent Geroux Steven Asmussen 10–1 10.30 4 12 $200,000 151
4 14 Mohaymen Junior Alvarado Kiaran McLaughlin 10–1 11.80 4 12 $100,000 80
5 2 Suddenbreakingnews Luis Quinonez Donnie Von Hemel 20–1 24.60 4 34 $60,000 50
6 9 Destin Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 15–1 18.0 7 51
7 19 Brody's Cause Luis Saez Dale Romans 12–1 24.90 9 12 114
8 4 Mo Tom Corey Lanerie Tom Amoss 20–1 25.70 10 14 32
9 8 Lani Yutaka Take Mikio Matsunaga 30–1 29.30 10 34 100
10 17 Mor Spirit Gary Stevens Bob Baffert 12–1 12.8 14 12 84
11 6 My Man Sam Irad Ortiz Jr. Chad C. Brown 20–1 19.50 14 12 40
12 12 Tom's Ready Brian Hernandez Jr. Dallas Stewart 30–1 49.10 17 44
13 3 Creator Ricardo Santana Jr Steven Asmussen 10–1 16.40 18 14 110
14 15 Outwork John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 15–1 26.50 18 12 120
15 20 Danzing Candy Mike E. Smith Clifford Sise Jr. 15–1 25.70 20 60
16 1 Trojan Nation Aaron Gryder Patrick Gallagher 50–1 42.10 26 34 40
17 7 Oscar Nominated Julien Leparoux Michael Maker 50–1 42.30 32 12 50
18 18 Majesto Emisael Jaramillo Gustavo Delgado 30–1 56.60 36 34 40
19 10 Whitmore Victor Espinoza Ron Moquett 20–1 30.30 37 14 44
DNF 16 Shagaf Joel Rosario Chad C. Brown 20–1 56.0 50
also eligible[11] Laoban Cornelio Velásquez Eric Guillot SCR 32
also eligible[11] Cherry Wine Robby Albarado Dale Romans SCR 25
  • Track – Fast

Times:14 mile – 0:22.58; ​12 mile – 0:45.72; ​34 mile – 1:10.40; mile – 1:36.51; final – 2:01.31.
Splits for each quarter-mile: (:22.58) (:23.14) (:24.68) (:25.21) (:25.70)

Source: Equibase chart[1]

Payout[edit]

The Kentucky Derby Payout Schedule[1]

Program
Number
Horse Name
Win
Place
Show
13 Nyquist   $6.60 $4.80 $3.60
11 Exaggerator $5.40 $4.20
5 Gun Runner $6.00
  • $2 Exacta: (13–11) $30.80
  • $1 Trifecta: (13–11–5) $86.70
  • $1 Superfecta: (13–11–5–14) $542.10
  • $1 Super Hi 5 (Pentafecta): (13–11–5–14–2) $5,794.50

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "CHURCHILL DOWNS – May 7, 2016 – Race 12". Equibase. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Watch Derby on NBC". Churchill Downs Incorporated. 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Nyquist wins Kentucky Derby 142". Churchill Downs. WLKY. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  4. ^ "History-Kentucky Derby". Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. ^ "About the Road to the Kentucky Derby". Churchill Downs Incorporated. 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  6. ^ Novak, Claire (4 May 2016). "Field of 22 Set for 142nd Kentucky Derby". Blood-Horse.com. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  7. ^ Mensching, Kurt (4 May 2016). "Kentucky Derby 2016: Post positions and morning line odds". SB Nation. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  8. ^ Drape, Joe (6 May 2016). "Despite His Credentials, Nyquist Has Many Doubters". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Hoppert, Melissa (6 May 2016). "Kentucky Derby Gets a Silver Sheen". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Nyquist, 2–1 favorite, holds off Exaggerator to win Kentucky Derby". espn.go.com. May 7, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Mitchell, Ron (6 May 2016). "Routine, Quiet Oaks Morning on Backside". Blood-Horse.com. Retrieved 6 May 2016.