Nyquist the horse was named after Nyquist the hockey player. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

 

Paul Reddam is both a racehorse owner and a big Detroit Red Wings fan, so naturally his interests have dovetailed. He’s named horses after Red Wings players Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Tatar and Petr Mrazek in the past, but now he’s hit on his biggest find: Nyquist, named after Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist and the favorite in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

Nyquist the hockey player hails from Sweden and wasn’t much of a horse racing fan until he watched a replay of Nyquist the horse winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year. Now he’s obviously a little more into it, though as of last year he was still struggling with the terminology.

“Obviously, it’s a lot of fun to see that he’s winning and see that he won – I don’t know what you call it, a tournament or a cup or a race,” Nyquist the hockey player said, per MLive.com.

Reddam hails from Windsor, Ontario, just across the Detroit River from the Motor City. He’s been a Wings fan since childhood and, according to CNN, got to drink Champagne from the Stanley Cup in 2002.

“That was almost as big a thrill as winning the Derby a few years ago,” he told CNN, referring to his 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another.

Sadly, Nyquist (the person) won’t be at Churchill Downs on Saturday (the Stanley Cup is making the trip to Nyquist trainer’s Doug O’Neill’s barn, however). Even though the two have never met in person, Reddam invited Nyquist to sit in the owner’s box but he got called up to Sweden’s world championship team.