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Nyquist Wins the Kentucky Derby

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Nyquist, who is owned by Reddam Racing LLC and trained by Doug F. O’Neill is a three year old colt with ties to professional hockey.
He is named after National Hockey League player Gustav Nyquist, a right wing for the Detroit Red Wings.
The bay colt is from the first crop of sire Uncle Mo, who never got the chance to run in the Derby after being the early favorite for the 2011 race. He was scratched the day before because of a stomach illness. Uncle Mo had two other offspring in this year’s race: Mo Tom and Outwork.

Nyquist, a 2-1 favorite grabbed the lead down the homestretch and held off Exaggerator to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

The official winning time for the 1 1/4-mile race was 2:01.31. That was almost two seconds faster than Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s time last year.

2015 Kentucky Derby American Pharoah Wins

Nyquist remains undefeated in its eight-race career and will look to pick up the second leg of the Triple Crown at the Preakness.

The next leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, will be held May 21.

 Kentucky Derby Trivia

13 of the 15 riders in the first Kentucky Derby were African-American
African-American jockeys won 15 of the Derby’s first 28 runnings.
The Derby is frequently referred to as “The Run for the Roses,” because a lush blanket of 554 red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year. The tradition is as a result of New York socialite E. Berry Wall presenting roses to ladies at a post-Derby party in 1883 that was attended by Churchill Downs founder and president, Col. M. Lewis Clark. This gesture is believed to have eventually led Clark to the idea of making the rose the race’s official flower. However, it was not until 1896 that any recorded account referred to roses being draped on the Derby winner. The Governor of Kentucky awards the garland and the trophy.
Donerail (1913) becomes the longest shot to win the Derby, paying $184.90, $41.20 and $13.20
War-time travel restrictions result in a “Street Car Derby,” with no out-of-town tickets to the race sold. But 65,000 turn out to see Count Fleet (1943) , a 2-5 choice, win easily
Government ban of all horse racing in January threatens to break the consecutive string of Derbys at 70, but VE Day is followed by a May 8 announcement lifting the ban and the 71st Derby is run June 9, 1945.
The first national telecast of the Kentucky Derby aired May 3, 1952
1968 – First Derby winner disqualification sees the purse taken from first-place finisher Dancer’s Image because post-race testing revealed an illegal medication. Second-place finisher Forward Pass is declared the winner. Richard Nixon was a presidential candidate making his first Derby appearance that day, hmm.
Secretariat (1973) breaks the magic two-minute plateau for the Derby, winning the 99th Run for the Roses in 1:59 2/5. He goes on to become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years
An all-time record U.S. Thoroughbred racing crowd of 163,628 jams the Downs to see Cannonade top a field of 23 and win the 100th Derby, 1974.
In 1942, seven of the first eight finishers in the Kentucky Derby were owned by women. The exception was Valdina Orphan, who finished third.
The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race
“Millionaire’s Row” refers to the expensive box seats that attract the rich, the famous and the well-connected. Women appear in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats
Three fillies have won: Regret in 1915, Genuine Risk in 1980 and Winning Colors in 1988
In 1929, Clyde Van Dusen, the horse, won for Clyde Van Dusen, the trainer.
Eighteen horses have brought perfect records into the race. Only five left undefeated. They are: Regret (1915) Morvich (1922) Majestic Prince (1969) Seattle Slew (1977) Smarty Jones (2004) Odds the Derby winner was born in Kentucky: 1.3-1 Ninety-seven of the 130 winners were born in the Bluegrass state.
Willie Simms rode in two Derbys, and won them both — aboard Ben Brush in 1896 and Plaudit in 1898. Simms is the only African-American rider to win all three races that became the Triple Crown.
Assault, the Texas horse, won the Triple Crown in 1946, he wasn’t the favorite in any of the 3 races.
In 1779, Edward Smith-Stanley, the 12th Earl of Derby, and Sir Charles Bunbury saw the first running of the Epsom Oaks in England. They were incited to start their own race the next year. They flipped a coin for naming rights, Lord Derby won.
When Kentuckians stoked up their own version of the race in 1875, they used the Epsom Derby as the model for a race they called the Kentucky Derby.
The only foreign-based horse to win the Derby was Canonero II, the 1971 upset winner from Venezuela.
In 1922, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes were run on the same day.

Kentucky Derby 2014

Gustav Nyquist is a Swedish professional ice hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nyquist was drafted 121st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Hilary Duff, Mike Comrie Finalize Divorce Two Years After Split

Hilary Duff Is divorced Hilary Duff may be hitting the dated seen!

The pop singer and former star of the #1 hit Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire and her former NHL star Mike Comrie’s have finalized their divorce.

According TMZ.com there are  new legal docs making the divorce official.  As for the details of their divorce…

Hilary has been ordered to pay Mike $2,408,786 to settle their financial split.

She gets to keep their Beverly Hills mansion and her interest in a Malibu mobile home as well as other property.

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The L.A. Clippers have come out strong and are condemning the actions of forward  Blake Griffin.

They have confirmed rumors that Griffin punched the team’s assistant equipment manager during a dispute at a restaurant on Jan. 23rd and are calling his actions disgraceful.

A spokesperson for the team Clippers franchise issued a statement saying that , “Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the 4th metacarpal in his right hand throwing a punch on Jan. 23rd in Toronto.”

Geraldo Rivera Claims he got Screwed

GeraldoRiveraSept2010Geraldo Rivera is claiming that he got screwed out of a $600,000 payday.

These allegations were made in new lawsuit filed by the famed broadcaster.

The case is Rivera v. Cumulus Media Inc., Case No. 654121/2015, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).

Willow Smith Signs Modeling Contract

Willow Smith Signs Modeling ContractWillow Smith, the 14-year-old daughter of Hollywood star Will Smith, 47, and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, 44, has signed with The Society Management modelling agency.

Willow joins the ranks of models such as Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima and Toni Garrn.

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