Should You Bet On Nyquist to Win The 2016 Triple Crown

Posted by Aaron . on May 10, 2016 in

Speaking after Nyquist won the 2016 Kentucky Derby on Saturday, Trainer Doug O’Neil said that the unbeaten colt was “such a special horse.” The veteran trainer went on to say that, “You can see it in his eye on a daily basis and he’s such a professional. Any human sport, he’d be the top-notch athlete. He’s just first class.” And looking at the manner in which Nyquist pulled away to win the first Triple Crown race, you can’t help but feel the same about this colt that boasts of a stellar 8-for-8 win record in his career, including a 3-0 mark in 2016. But the biggest question ahead of the 2016 Preakness Stakes is whether Nyquist can ace the upcoming race in at Pimlico on May 21, followed by a final victory in the third race of the Triple Crown.

Should You Bet On Nyquist to Win The 2016 Triple Crown

In the current horse race betting odds, Nyquist has the following horse racing odds to win the 2016 Triple Crown:


  • Yes +200     (2/1)
  • No -300     (1/3)



If Nyquist manages to sweep the 2016 Triple Crown race, he will become just the second undefeated Triple Crown winner after Seattle Slew. Given the developing field for the Preakness Stakes, Nyquist will certainly be hard-done by his strongest competitors like Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator, who proved to be quite a handful in the first leg of the 2016 Triple Crown.

Solid competition can also be expected from the new Triple Crown shooters like Collected, a multiple graded stakes winner trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert; Keeneland allowance winner Stradivari; Awesome Speed, whose victory in the Federico Tesio Stakes in April at Laurel Park earned him an automatic entry to the 2016 Preakness Stakes; and California Chrome Stakes winner Uncle Lino.

Then, of course, there are those horses that are still under consideration for the Preakness, including  Gun Runner and Suddenbreakingnews, who were third and fifth, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby; along with Saturday’s Pat Day Mile (gr. III) winner Sharp Azteca, and other strong potential contenders like Adventist and Fellowship.

It is definitely a long way to go, but Nyquist is still undefeated and history works in his favor. For starters, three of the last four winners at Churchill Downs have also won the Preakness Stakes, and going by the way Nquist has been dominant in his races, he should be a sweet pick to claim the double as well.

And if that is not enough, Nyquist’s Jockey Mario Gutierrez and trainer Doug O’Neill won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with I’ll Have Another in 2012, falling just short of the Triple Crown with their horse getting scratched one day before the final leg, the Belmont Stakes. With such pedigree, and Nyquist looking to be in a hell of a shape after winning the Kentucky Derby, Nyquist may just be the horse to achieve finish what Gutierrez, O’Neill and I’ll Have Another unluckily missed out on four years ago.