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‘Medina Spirit’ Beats Odds to Win Kentucky Derby

Against betting odds, Medina Spirit has won the 147th Kentucky Derby

Underdog Medina Spirit upset all betting odds by being the first horse to run past the finish line at this year’s edition of the classic Kentucky Derby. 

This is Bob Baffert’s seventh win at Churchill Downs. Baffert has done it again!

The 3-year-old Dark Bay colt – ridden by jockey John Velazquez – defeated previous favorites Essential Quality, Rock your World and Known agenda, awarding Baffert with the seventh Kentucky Derby title of his long training career. 

Medina Spirit got an early lead right upon his take off and managed to keep on a healthy speed until the very end. 

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A shock of sorts for Baffert

Baffert himself wasn’t expecting the sudden win, as it was made evident by his immediate shock reaction upon his trainee’s victory. In a statement made to the news media present at the venue on Saturday, Baffert remarked his surprise in his own very original way: 

“I just can’t believe it,” said Baffert. “It hasn’t sunken in yet… I love the record and all that, but it’s one of those things where I’m just so thrilled because, when you win it, you never know if you’re going to get back… I couldn’t be prouder of my team.”

Following in immediate succession to Medina Spirit, #7-positioned  Mandaloun, and #9 post Hot Rod Charlie got away with the Place and Show slots respectively. Take a look below at the top 3 results and pay figures for the latest Kentucky Derby right below:

Kentucky Derby 2021 @ Churchill Downs

Saturday, May 1st. 

#1Medina Spirit$26.20$12.00$7.60
#3Hot Rod Charlie$5.20

Final Time: 2:01.02
$2 Exacta (8-7) paid $503.60
$1 Trifecta (8-7-9) paid $1,696.90

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