The Kentucky Derby has given its new winner a better record. From odd bets, mint juleps to the ladies hats, we’ve selected the five best moments that went down in the 142nd Kentucky Derby.
Massive Crowd Turnout
After American Pharoah brought home a Triple Crown win, people came in droves to see who might have the chance of getting at the Triple Crown this year. From the ladies’ hats that have become grander as the years go by to celebrity spottings, this year was second best in attendance with 167,227 spectators.
Great Start for Danzing Candy
Leading the pack at gunshot, Danzing Candy set the pace for the race with Nyquist and Gun Runner at his heels. At the 45.72 halfmile, Robby Kalland of CBS Sports reports that Danzing Candy sets himself apart by 2.5 lengths from Nyquist and Gun Runner. However, the great start did not give Danzing Candy a great finish. He finished at the 15th place.
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Exaggerator Holds on to its Name
With Danzing Candy fading in the background after a marvelous start, Exaggerator tries to find its place in the racetrack, The Lady on the Track recounts, galloping with all its might to beat Nyquist who is now leading. But alas, his exaggerations are not enough. He finishes second to Nyquist.
Lucky Bets Cashed Off
For those who did bet for a Nyquist-Exaggerator Exacta and Nyquist-Exaggerator-Gun Runner Trifecta, they were right all along. For those of you who are not familiar with the terms, exacta means betting on who you think will finish in the first and second places while trifecta is stretching your guessing powers up to the third place. Thus, there you have your 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Nyquist, Exaggerator and Gun Runner, respectively.
8 for an 8
This year, not only does Nyquist win the Kentucky Derby race, he also added another successful attempt to his undefeated record with 8 wins for 8 career starts. By securing the first of the three Triple Crown races, will he join American Pharoah in the list of Triple Crown Winners?