I predicted April 30, 2016 in my post “More Six Word Stories”, https://jeneanebehmeswritings.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/more-six-word-stories/, that Nyquist would win the 1-1/4 mile Kentucky Derby and he did!!! He ran a beautiful swift race and I’m not ashamed to say that I was screaming and yelling and crying when Nyquist was the first under the wire.
It has been a long time since I have been so enthusiastic about a horse so early in the Triple Crown racing season but I have been keeping my eye out for this great horse since he won the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Race in the fall of 2015 as a 2-year old colt. Nyquist came from eight horses back to win then and he did so with his ears all high and perky and ready to keep on running.
So I have been keeping track of him since then, hoping that what I saw was just not a lucky win for a nice looking colt and I was also hoping back in the fall of 2015 that he could continue to mature, gain experience, stay healthy and that he would be pointed towards being entered in the Kentucky Derby.
Plus the fact that he is named for Gustav Nyquist, a great hockey player for my Detroit Red Wings, also helped my appreciation for this horse as well.
Nyquist has never been defeated before his Run for the Roses today, having 7 wins out of 7 starts before the Kentucky Derby, and he has only become a better and better horse with each win. He is also only the second horse to have won the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile/Kentucky Derby race double and he also won the 2015 Eclipse Award for Champion Two-Year Old. And like last year’s Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, Nyquist is a 5th generation descendant of the best thoroughbred racehorse ever, Secretariat.
I also like his laid-back personality and his ability to eagerly do whatever is asked of him on the track. I don’t like temperamental horses, especially the ones who froth at the mouth and act up before being loaded into the gates, because they waste so much precious energy that they will need during the race.
I like how Nyquist’s ears are carried up and perky before, and most importantly, after each of his races. To me that tells me that he is having a lot of fun and that he still has plenty of gas left in his tank. If he makes it to the grueling Belmont, the last race in the Triple Crown and the hardest to win at 1-1/2 miles, he will definitely need that extra heart and strength to win that race.
I’m really hoping that perhaps I will again get a chance to watch back-to-back Triple Crown winners since I saw Seattle Slew and Affirmed win in 1977 and 1978. Before last year’s Triple Crown Winner, the fantastic American Pharoah, it had been a long drought of almost winners of the coveted Triple Crown, 37 years since Affirmed.
I honestly had been long despairing that I would never see another Triple Crown winner in my lifetime, considering myself lucky that I got to see 3 in the 1970’s with the greatest horse, Secretariat, first winning the Triple Crown in 1973.
So how cool would it be to see another back-to-back Triple Crown winner again? I truly do believe that Nyquist can do it…but I’ve been bitterly disappointed before. It is no shame to win 1 or 2 of the 3 jewels in the Triple Crown, and the 37 years of trying by so many wonderful horses is a testament to how difficult it is to win the Triple Crown.
So thank you, Nyquist, for confirming my faith and belief in you that you could indeed win the Kentucky Derby and good luck in the 1-3/16 mile Preakness that will be held in 2 weeks at the Pimlico track in Baltimore.
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, where the Kentucky Derby horse race is held