Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist: What's in a name?

Published 1429 GMT (2229 HKT) May 5, 2016
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Nyquist -- the 2016 Derby favorite -- is washed outside his barn during morning training at Churchill Downs. Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Nyquist's owner J. Paul Reddam speaks in the foreground as Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another grazes behind him outside of barn two on June 8, 2012 in Elmont, New York. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Reddam (C) and jockey Mario Gutierrez celebrate after I'll Have Another's Kentucky Derby success in 2012. Rob Carr/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings is the inspiration behind the horse of the same name. Nyquist's owner Reddam is a lifelong Red Wings fan. Although he has traded texts with the player, they have yet to meet in person. Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Erik Johnson of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche is a close friend of Reddam's and has co-invested in horses with him. However, Nyquist -- named after a rival Detroit Red Wing -- is not one of them. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Nyquist #4, ridden by Gutierrez, leads Mohaymen #9, ridden by Junior Alvarado, out of turn four during the 2016 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park April 2, 2016 in Hallandale, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
The Stanley Cup is hoisted by Patrick Kane during the Chicago Blackhawks parade in June, 2010. Nyquist's owner Reddam was given the honor of drinking out of the cup when his beloved Detroit Red Wings won the NHL title in 2002. The cup was reportedly making its way to Nyquist's stable before the Run For the Roses on May 7. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Kentucky Derby's 14-karat gold trophy at Churchill Downs. WDRB
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai, presents the owners of U.S. horse California Chrome with the Dubai World Cup trophy. Sheikh Hamdan is the owner of Mohaymen, one of the favorites in Kentucky. MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images