Nyquist wins the 142nd Kentucky Derby

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KENTUCKY – Nyquist has won the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

The next two races, which will determine if Nyquist is a Triple Crown winner, are the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

The Preakness Stakes is on May 21 and the Belmont Stakes is June 11.

Last year, American Pharoah won all three races and was the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

How many horses run?

There were 20 horses running in the Kentucky Derby, each with a name more excellent than the last.

Who had the best odds?

The overwhelming favorite to win the race was a horse named Nyquist, a 3-year-old colt form Kentucky. As of Friday morning, his odds to win the Derby stood at 3-1.

Why do they have such weird names, anyway?

Horse naming is a serious business. The Jockey Club has tight regulations on what kind of names can be used. For instance, names can only be 18 characters (including spaces), they can’t have certain artistic or cultural implications and they can’t be named after real people unless the namer gets permission. Plus, once a name is used, it can’t be used again for a long time, if ever. You usually have to wait several horse generations to reuse a name, and names that belonged to big winners or Hall-of-Famers can never be used again at all. After hundreds of years and thousands upon thousands of horses, it’s no wonder you have to get a little creative.

Who won last year?

THAT would be Triple Crown-winner and all-around good horse American Pharoah. American Pharoah won 2015’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, making him the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.