Kentucky Derby 2016: No horses scratch at deadline, the field is set

Runner-up finishes to Songbird in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Weep No More in the Ashland followed as a 3-year-old. But I'll take Nyquist. Why? But unlike most hockey players, Nyquist has all his teeth.

The Kentucky Derby will be carried by NBC with a 3 ½-hour telecast from 4-7:30 p.m.

What does this mean for those of us planning on visiting the betting window Saturday? American Pharoah ran a 105 to win last year's Arkansas Derby; Creator a 96 this year. "We ran 54 feet farther than Nyquist on the worst part of the racetrack", McLaughlin said.

When you are wrong, you are wrong.

I could be wrong. Not only did none of his contemporaries pass the champ; the champ got better.

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"It's so hard to have a Derby horse", he said. What will Thoroughbred racing doing for an encore after American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015? Other famous horses in the bloodline mix include Affirmed, Seattle Slew and Northern Dancer. They have the tenth slot in Saturday's race. In the Florida Derby, he was pressured throughout but still held his speed to the end. He does not have those numbers so I can't be as confident. They also matter in the Kentucky Derby because there are 20 horses in two gates, and it is the Derby, where everything matters. There are two horses that have early speed and like to be out in front: Outwork and Danzing Candy.

The big field makes for even more variables, but O'Neill believes Nyquist, the early 3-1 favorite, is versatile enough to cope with whatever comes up. When the traffic is behind, there is no traffic.

Both won stakes in their final preps.

Many bettors will still be looking toward Mohaymen, considering his only defeat in the Florida Derby a toss-out race. Now, O'Neill might be thinking about going for the lead.

Nyquist is the one getting all the attention right now.

We can only hope the accomplished Jaramillo gets him settled in mid-pack for a run to the stretch. No. 17 trained by Bob Baffert.

Baffert said he gets regular updates from Coolmore's Aisling Duignan, the farm's director of bloodstock, and said he enjoys seeing all the photos that get posted on social media from visitors to see American Pharoah.

Trainer Steve Asmussen has two horses, Gun Runner and Creator. "There's a big crowd when the horses walk over to the paddock and that paddock is an education in itself". "For a horse like him to come back and still finish third I think it was an awesome race". After that, he was third in the Rebel and won the Arkansas Derby. Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs. Smarty Jones in 2004 was the last to win from that spot. In which case, pick your horse by the color of its jockey's uniform. Mo Tom, Destin, Mohaymen, Shagaf, and Danzig Candy all were not. It was 1992 when Lil E. Tee became the first Pa. bred to win the Derby. It is now 12 years later again.

"You have a lot of horses here that are pretty equal", he said. America's top stallion Tapit has Creator, Lani and Mohaymen.

I did not like Nyquist for the longest time. If this was the third race at Parx with these kinds of past performances, everybody would like Nyquist.

And now he's got an opportunity to go down in history as having his name attached to the victor of one of the world's most prestigious horse races. I went with what I see and I see Nyquist.

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