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Favourite Nyquist extends unbeaten run

Nyquist charges to victory at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.

Nyquist charges to victory at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.

Favourite Nyquist ran a perfect race to extend his unbeaten record winning the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, sparking talk of a second consecutive Triple Crown champion.

Nyquist, who had won a record $3.3 million heading into the Derby, extended his unbeaten record to 8-0 with a smooth trip under jockey Mario Gutierrez.

Nyquist pulled away from Gun Runner down the stretch and then held off a closing charge by Exaggerator to win the first leg of US thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown series for three-year-olds.

Exaggerator, the second choice, finished second by 1-1/4 lengths followed by Gun Runner, who was 4-1/2 lengths off the pace. Mohaymen took fourth.

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