One of the biggest Derby prep races of the spring became a highly-anticipated match race when two undefeated favorites, Nyquist and Mohaymen, went head-to-head in the Florida Derby!
Before the race, it would have been difficult for anyone to call a winner in the Grade I Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park: while Mohaymen was a slight favorite over Nyquist, both three-year-old colts were coming into the gate undefeated, the threat of one or the other (or potentially both) being forced to walk away tarnished looming heavy.
Mohaymen had gone five for five prior to the Florida Derby, including big wins this year in the Holy Bull and the Fountain of Youth. He topped one of the future wager pools for the Kentucky Derby after his dominating performance in the Fountain of Youth. Nyquist, darling of the west coast, arrived in Florida a decorated juvenile champion with a record of six wins in six starts. The Florida Derby, for all intents and purposes, had become a match race between these two.
The undefeated favorites loaded into the starting gate with eight other contenders and the race was on.
While Nyquist undeniably drifted in the stretch after stringing the rest of the field including Mohaymen wide in the turn for home, his streak remains intact. Nyquist now tops the future wager pool for the Derby but Mohaymen still shouldn’t be totally written off just yet, despite his failure to fire in Florida.
The road to the 2016 Kentucky Derby never fails into include numerous twists and turns, so we’ll be following the next round of prep races eagerly to see who rises to the top! For updated Derby news and standings, check out the race website. We’ll also be bringing you our 2o16 Derby Watch soon.
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