Nyquist crosses finish line first in Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

Mario Guitierrez rides Nyquist to victory during the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Nyquist crosses finish line first in Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

The favorite Nyquist stretched his unbeaten record to 8 for 8.

A total of 26 undefeated horses entered the starting gate for the Derby and seven crossed the finish line and remained unbeaten. The seven, with records after the Derby are Big Brown (2008, 4-0); Barbaro (2006, 6-0); Smarty Jones (2004, 7-0); Seattle Slew (1977, 7-0); Majestic Prince (1969, 8-0); Morvich (1922, 12-0); and Regret (1915, 4-0).

Since Big Brown, four unbeatens started in the Derby and came up short – Dortmund (2015, third); Materiality (2015, sixth); Verrazano (2013, 14th); and Gemologist (2012, 16th).

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