Ebene News – GB – Medina Spirit goes first as Bob Baffert wins seventh Kentucky Derby record

Medina Spirit faced three challengers down the home stretch to win the Kentucky Derby by half-length on Saturday, making Bob Baffert the coach winner in the 147-year history of the race, with seven wins

Jockey John Velazquez claimed his fourth Derby victory on Saturday aboard the dark brown colt which was bought as a yearling for $ 1,000 and cost current owner Amr Zedan $ 35,000

Baffert slapped his right arm in the air after watching the finish on the video card in the paddock He was overrun by his wife, Jill, and youngest son, Bode, with festive hugs

It wasn’t false modesty Baffert had been quiet about his chances after two of his best horses Life Is Good and Concert Tour derailed along the Derby Trail

“I can’t believe he won this race” said the trainer “That little horse was him, all the guts He always showed he was overpowered His heart is more big than his body “

Medina Spirit has never finished worse than the second in six career starts and two of her three losses came to Life Is Good, who would likely have been the Derby favorite if he hadn’t been injured

Medina Spirit led all the way and ran a mile and a quarter in 2: 0102 Sent off with odds of 12-1, he paid $ 2620, $ 12 and $ 760

Thundering on the stretch, Medina Spirit was squeezed by Mandaloun on his outside Hot Rod Charlie was quickly arriving outside Mandaloun, with Essential Quality continuing outside

“I was waiting for all these horses to pass him,” said Baffert “When he got to the eighth pole we said: ‘This guy has a chance'”

Mandaloun, one of Louisville’s two coaches Brad Cox, finished second and grossed $ 23.00 and 1340 Hot Rod Charlie, partly owned by five former Brown University football players, was another half- length in third position and paid $ 5 20 to show

Baffert has won consecutively, after equaling Ben Jones with his sixth victory last year when the race was held in September without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic Velazquez became the first jockey to win consecutive Derbies since Victor Espinoza in 2014-15 The 49-year-old rider also completed the Kentucky Oaks-Derby double for the first time since Calvin Borel in 2009, after winning the filly race on Friday

The Derby took place on a sunny day with 51,838 spectators around 100,000 fewer than usual Fans were told to wear masks inside the track, but many of them didn’t have not done

O Besos finished fifth, followed by Midnight Bourbon, Keepmeinmind, Helium and Known Agenda Highly Motivated finished 10th, ahead of Sainthood, Like The King, Bourbonic, Hidden Stash, Brooklyn Strong, Super Stock, Rock Your World (the second choice 9-2), Dynamic One and Soup and Sandwich

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Ebene News – GB – Medina Spirit goes first as Bob Baffert wins seventh Kentucky Derby record

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/may/01/kentucky-derby-winner-medina-spirit-bob-baffert-record