LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – After partying until 3 AM, J. Paul Reddam’s alarm clock went off early Sunday morning.
But the owner of Nyquist didn’t care. He sprang out of bed shortly after 6 AM and surprisingly felt refreshed as he headed to Churchill Downs to see his winning horse. Part of it was from the excitement of winning the Kentucky Derby just hours earlier, the other part was the anticipation of what’s next.
“As wonderful as this is,” said Reddam. “We have more work to do.”
Team Nyquist is already thinking about winning the Preakness and the Triple Crown. Just like they were entering the Kentucky Derby, expectations are as high as ever for the horse that is now 8 for 8 in its career.
“We knew going into this week anything can happen,” said Reddam. “But for this horse, anything less than winning would be a huge disappointment.”
Team Nyquist already experienced Derby success back in 2012 with I’ll Have Another’s victory. It’s not really “Been there, done that” for the team but each member understands what’s at stake now.
“Since he was a two year old, we always believed he had the potential (To win the Triple Crown),” said jockey Mario Gutierrez. “I believe he has the talent."
Nyquist leaves Churchill Downs for Baltimore Monday afternoon.
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