Derby 2016: 5 horses to watch in 142nd Kentucky Derby (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Nyquist (13), with Mario Gutierrez up, wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Unlike Pharoah-phever a year ago, Nyquist-mania hasnt yet struck in the days leading to the Kentucky Derby. It might by next Saturday night if the undefeated colt ends up in the winners circle at Churchill Downs. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

The starting gate will once again be full with 20 horses for the 142nd Kentucky Derby. Trainer Doug O'Neill has the likely wagering favorite in undefeated Nyquist. Steve Asmussen will saddle Gun Runner and Creator, Todd Pletcher has Wood Memorial winner Outwork and Tampa Bay Derby winner Destin, and Chad Brown has Shagaf and Blue Grass runner-up My Man Sam.


Derby 2016: Undefeated Nyquist headlines Kentucky Derby (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Nyquist (13), with Mario Gutierrez up, wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Unlike Pharoah-phever a year ago, Nyquist-mania hasnt yet struck in the days leading to the Kentucky Derby. It might by next Saturday night if the undefeated colt ends up in the winners circle at Churchill Downs. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

A year after American Pharoah thrilled the sports world by winning horse racing's first Triple Crown in 37 years, here comes Nyquist. The colt named for Detroit Red Wings player Gustav Nyquist is looking like a worthy successor to a sport eager to retain the new fans it gained during American Pharoah's sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Nyquist was last year's 2-year-old champion, capping his season with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.