Favored Nyquist wins Kentucky Derby

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Nyquist #13, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, crosses the finish line to win the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nyquist, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, won the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

“He’s such a special horse,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “He’s such a professional.”

Nyquist, undefeated in eight starts, grabbed the lead down the homestretch and held off Exaggerator in the 142nd running of the Derby.

The unofficial winning time was a fast 2:01.31.

Gutierrez was aboard Derby winner I’ll Have Another in 2012 in his only other Derby start.

A total of 167,227 people attended the race, the second-highest attendance in history. Last year, there were 170,513 fans.