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Duff: Nyquist the Horse’s owner vindicated by Kentucky Derby win

I promise this is the last "Nyquist the Horse" article for some time. The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Nyquist's owner, Windsor's Paul Reddam, about his colt's win:

“I feel really good for the horse, because along the way the last year, he has taken a lot of shots for whatever reason,” Reddam said. “And I think he proved all his critics wrong.

“What people don’t understand about Nyquist is he does just what he has to do, both him and his rider (Mario Gutierrez). When the race is won, every race, if you watch it closely, the last part of it he’s eased up at some point because the job is finished.”

That was again the case Saturday. Given the perfect trip by Gutierrez, Nyquist gained the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away. Once victory was certain, Nyquist eased to the wire, beating the fast-closing Exaggerator by a length and a quarter.

It was a typical Nyquist victory. He knew what he had to do, and he did it.

“They haven’t necessarily been wowed by him because he’s not out there winning by 10 (lengths), but he doesn’t have to,” Reddam said. “Horse racing is about class, not about time. It’s amazing how many even public handicappers don’t really fully grasp that.”

Growing up in Windsor, Reddam, 60, who now calls California home, feels like he’s seen and heard it all before.

Duff continues, and he also penned an article about Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson's connection to Reddam's racehorses.

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