So far in his NHL career, Gustav Nyquist has one career hat trick. On Saturday, the horse named after the Red Wings forward has a chance to inch one race closer to completing one of his own.
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will start in post No. 3 for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Nyquist is the favorite at 3-5 odds ahead of Exaggerator (3-1) and Stradivari (8-1) for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
"I was excited about the Derby, but not really nervous," owner Paul Reddam told The Baltimore Sun after the Derby. "I think I'll be more nervous for the Preakness just because this could all really happen."
Post time for the Preakness is 6:45 p.m. ET.
Nyquist edged Exaggerator and Gun Runner on May 7 as a 2-1 favorite in the Derby, paying out $6.60. He also became the first Derby winner to improve to 8-0 in his career.
Reddam, who owns 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another, bought Nyquist for $400,000 in 2015. Reddam is a Windsor, Ontario, native and a big Red Wings fan; Nyquist is one of eight horses he named after a Detroit hockey player.
If Nyquist wins Saturday, he will be the third straight horse to take the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Last year, American Pharoah won the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. If Nyquist wins Saturday and then the Belmont Stakes on June 11, there will be back-to-back Triple Crown winners for the second time in history; Seattle Slew won it in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978.