Medina Spirit gained the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday evening.
Trainer Bob Baffert picked up his seventh Derby win – essentially the most wins by a coach within the occasion.
Baffert stated after the race he was “thrilled” to win once more. It is the coach’s second consecutive Derby victory. In final yr’s occasion, his horse Authentic gained the race.
“I just can’t believe … It hasn’t sunken in yet,” Baffert stated when requested about successful his seventh Derby. “I love the record and all that but you know what it’s one of those things where I’m just so thrilled because when you win you never know if you’re ever gonna be back. It’s so difficult.”
Baffert’s first victory on the Derby got here in 1997 when Silver Charm crossed the end line in first place. After that, Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002), American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018) would change into victors.
He broke Ben Jones’ file. He had six Kentucky Derby victories between 1938 and 1952.
Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie completed in second and third place respectively. Essential Quality, the favourite to the Derby, was neck-and-neck with a number of the prime horses however ended up ending in fourth place.
John Velazquez was the jockey to experience Medina Spirit to victory. It was his fourth win on the Kentucky Derby for his profession. He additionally rode Authentic to victory final yr.
More than 51,000 had been in attendance for the occasion after the venue had no followers within the 2020 race due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The subsequent large race on the calendar is the Preakness Stakes. That occasion is about to be held on May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.