Right until the end, they picked at Nyquist. Too slow. Not bred to run the 11/4-mile distance.
But those who believed in him — none more than trainer Doug O'Neill and owner Paul Reddam — felt all the doubters missed the point. Nyquist deserved to be the Kentucky Derby favorite because he had answered every question asked of him as a racehorse.
The undefeated colt answered the biggest one Saturday, winning the 142nd running of the Derby, the most coveted prize in American racing. He was the fourth straight favorite to win the race, generally thought of as difficult to pick because of the 20-horse field and the thin resumes of many contenders.