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won the Kentucky Derby by 1 ¼
lengths yesterday, improving to
8-0 in his career as the fourth
consecutive favourite to win the
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez,
Nyquist ran 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.31.
The three-year-old colt became
the eighth unbeaten winner in the
race s 142-year history. He paid
$6.60, $4.80 and $3.60 as the 2-
1 favourite in the full field of 20
Nyquist delivered a second
Derby win for Gutierrez, trainer
Doug O Neill and owner J Paul
Reddam. They were the team
behind 2012 Derby and Preakness
winner I ll Have Another.
Exaggerator returned $5.40 and
$4.20, while Gun Runner was
another 3 ¼ lengths back in third
and paid $6 to show.
Mohaymen finished fourth and
Suddenbreakingnews was fifth.
A year ago, American Pharoah
won the Derby, launching his run
to the sport s first Triple Crown
in 37 years.
Now Nyquist is the only horse
in position to replicate the feat.
Mario Guitierrez rides Nyquist to victory during the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at
Churchill Downs yesterday, in Louisville, Kentucky. AP PHOTO
Richard Fahey s exciting sprinter Don t Touch
took his career record to six from six in the
Pertemps Network Conditions Stakes at Haydock
The four-year-old didn t make his racecourse
debut until May of last season but ended the
campaign with a valuable victory in the Ayr Gold
Cup in September.
The 6/4 favourite was reported to be straight
enough for his seasonal reappearance where he
faced two rivals with higher official ratings.
Barracuda Boy blazed a trail out in front and
Tony Hamilton was able to track the pace before
moving towards the stands side when looking
to mount a challenge.
On ground which was the fastest that he d
encountered in his career, it took Don t Touch
some time to hit top gear but he pulled clear of
his rivals once doing so, despite edging left-hand-
ed towards his challengers.
Don t Touch holds entries in the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Darley July
Part-owner Nicholas Wrigley told Racing UK:
"Tony (Hamilton) said that he still doesn t know
how good he is.
"He travelled very well and he doesn t do a
great deal when he gets there and he won with
his ears pricked.
"He is remarkably relaxed and he doesn t seem
to be fazed by anything but today he was alert.
He looks as if he s grown and filled out but I
don t know if that s an owner looking at his own
horse and imagining that."
Future running plans will be left to the trainer
according to Wrigley but he did reveal that the
Prix Maurice de Gheest is a potential target as
the race would suit and coincides with his wedding
anniversary and is run at Deauville where he and
his had their honeymoon.
Nolen in serious condition
Black Caviar s jockey Luke Nolen is in a serious
but stable condition in an Adelaide hospital after
a fall at Morphettville yesterday.
Nolen rode the Peter Moody-trained superstar
to all bar one of her 15 Group One wins, which
included a dramatic success in the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012.
Just 40 minutes before the fall Nolen had part-
nered Abbey Marie to win the Australasian Oaks
but suffered a very heavy spill from Miss Promis-
cuity in the Robert Sangster Stakes.
He was reportedly conscious and able to move
his arms and legs but was complaining of a sore
back and pain before being taken to Royal Adelaide
It was only in February that Nolen returned
following seven months off recovering from back
After his win in the Oaks Nolen had told
www.racing.com: ""It s pivotal.
"I rode in great form last month at home and
that s parlayed to Adelaide today."
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky---For all of
those dominant victories on Cathryn
Sophia s resume, she still needed that
signature win to solidify her creden-
tials as one of the nation s best fil-
That status is no longer in question
after she closed strong Friday to win
the 142nd Kentucky Oaks and fill voids
for trainer John Servis and jockey Javier
Cathryn Sophia took charge entering
the stretch and rolled to her first Grade
1 victory in the $1 million showcase for
three-year-old fillies at Churchill
Downs. Though her 2 3/4-length mar-
gin of victory was smaller than the
previous four to start her career, her
career total margin is now 41 1/2 lengths
with the marquee win her connections
always believed was possible.
"From her first race, we knew she
had a lot of talent," said Servis, who
earned his first Oaks win after guiding
2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness
champion Smarty Jones.
"How far she would go was always
in question. The maturity that she has
shown in the last three, four weeks
alone, she just made the turn for the
better. And she s been terrific."
Seeking a rebound after running third
last month in the Ashland at
Keeneland, Cathryn Sophia got a good
start along with race favorite Rachel s
Valentina. She found her opening at
the top of the stretch and overtook the
fading Lewis Bay and pulled away to
beat Land Over Sea with Lewis Bay
Cathryn Sophia gave three-time
defending Eclipse Award-winning jock-
ey Javier Castellano his first Oaks win
in the process and sets him up for a
possible sweep Saturday in the Ken-
tucky Derby, where he ll ride 15-1 choice
"It means a lot to me," Castellano
said, "because this is my first Oaks, to
win the race. In the past, I had a lot
of success and finished third. ...But
you always want to win the race.
"You dream. You target those races,
Triple Crown races. And it s a good
Cathryn Sophia ran 1 1/8 miles in
1:50.53 and paid $11.40, $5.40 and
$3.80 for her fifth win in six starts
before a record Oaks crowd of 124,589.
Land Over Sea returned $6.60 and
$5.20, and Lewis Bay paid $4.60 for
Trainer Doug O Neill had no com-
plaints after Land Over Sea finished
better than expected.
"At one point there I thought she
was going to be fifth or sixth," he said.
"But she kept trying and (jockey) Mario
(Gutierrez) never gave up on her. We
are delighted with her try."
The Oaks was there for the taking
with the absence of unbeaten Songbird,
who was scratched last month because
of a fever. She figured to be the over-
whelming favourite had she run, but
her withdrawals opened up competition
for the 14-horse field.
Even though Cathryn Sophia was
coming off a solid third in the Ashland
behind Weep No More and Rachel s
Valentina, Servis conceded that he
probably wouldn t have run her in the
Oaks if Songbird was here. But that
effort convinced him she had a chance,
and his only concern was how the horse
would run at the longer distance.
Turns out he had nothing to worry
about as Cathryn Sophia, a 9-2 co-
second choice with Weep No More,
helped set a fast pace against a strong,
wide-open field. Rachel s Valentina
was in the hunt for a while but even-
tually finished sixth, with Weep No
"She was in the spot we envisioned
for her in the early part of the race,
then it just wasn t there at the end,"
trainer Todd Pletcher said of Rachel s
Cathryn Sophia s win also bolstered
the achievements of owner Cash Is
King LLC, which 2005 Preakness and
Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex.
Cash Is King head Chuck Zacney
bought the Maryland-bred for $30,000
and named her after his niece and now
has a win that makes it even more spe-
"I have never had a filly like this,"
he said. "I had a couple pretty good
fillies, but certainly nothing of this
Javier Castellano rides Cathryn Sophia to victory in the 142nd running of the Kentucky
Oaks horse race at Churchill Downs on Friday, in Louisville, Kentucky. AP PHOTO
wins Kentucky Oaks
Faheys winning touch continues
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