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Kentucky Derby 2016 odds: Morning line released

Mike Battaglia announced the morning line odds for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday night, and to no one's surprise, undefeated 3-year-old colt Nyquist is favored at 3-1 to win the 142nd running of the race.

Exaggerator, at 8-1, has the second-best odds, while three colts were all given 10-1 odds: Mohaymen, Gun Runner and Creator.

Nyquist has gone a perfect 7-for-7 in prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. His most recent victory, in the mile-and-an-eighth Florida Derby in early April, came against some stiff competition. (You can watch a replay of the race here.) Nyquist broke strong in the race and led from the front. Mohaymen, however, got a poor start on the damp track and only briefly made a run to the front. He faded and finished fourth in the race, his only loss after starting his career with five straight wins.

Nyquist's trainer, Doug O'Neill, who trained 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another, told reporters he has the best horse and expects to win.

"What I love about Nyquist's chances is he's won from the rail, he's won from the 12-hole, he's won wire-to-wire, he's won from just off the pace," he said, via UPI.

Mohaymen's trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, told the Daily Racing Form that it was a bad two minutes in an otherwise strong career, so he feels good about his colt's chances as well.

"No. 1, I think we were on the worst part of the track," McLaughlin said. "No. 2, we traveled 54 feet farther [than Nyquist] on the worst part of the track. No one was going to win from out there."

McLaughlin also noted that his colt traveled 45 minutes in a trailer to get to the track the day of the race, and that he thought the heat and humidity had a negative effect.

Mohayman was moved to Kentucky after that with the hope of putting a little extra weight on him in the cooler weather.

DRF notes that 21 of the past 25 winners of the Kentucky Derby finished either first or second in their final race before running at Churchill Downs. The other four finished in fourth, giving at least a modicum of hope for McLaughlin and Mohaymen's other connections.

Exaggerator, the winner of the mile-and-an-eighth Santa Anita Derby, has also been a victim of Nyquist's winning streak. He finished second in February at the San Vincente Stakes. (You can watch that here.) It only took the second-fastest time in the past 61 years of the race. However, Exaggerator's run at Santa Anita, chasing down Danzing Candy from 20 lengths back only to win the race by more than six lengths, was impressive and could sway bettors.

2016 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds

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