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The 142nd Kentucky Derby was held Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Nyquist, ridden by record-setting Mario Gutierrez, became the victor.

“It was an amazing feeling,” Gutierrez said. “Nyquist only needs a horse to push him. If he feels somebody coming he’s going to keep going as fast as he needs to go. I have never doubted my horse.”

The official winning time for the race was 2:01.31, almost two seconds faster than Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh’s time last year.

Nyquist grabbed the lead down the homestretch and held of Exaggerator to win by 1 ¼ lengths. Gun Runner was third, edging Mohaymen in fourth. Nyquist was one of the top three horses for the majority of the race.

Exaggerator’s trainer, Keith Desormeaux, stated “What a horse, Nyquist. I can’t respect that horse enough.”

A total of 167,227 people attended the Derby, the second-highest attendance ever for the race.

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