Medina Spirit received the Kentucky Derby to offer coach Bob Baffert a file seventh victory within the race.
Jockey John Velazquez led Medina Spirit from the entrance and held off three challengers on the house straight to assert his fourth Derby win.
It was Velazquez and Baffert’s second consecutive win collectively after Authentic won the delayed 2020 edition in September.
“I can’t consider he received this race,” Baffert informed NBC Sports activities.
“This little horse, that is him – he was all guts.”
Mandaloun completed second, simply forward of Scorching Rod Charlie, whereas 5-2 favorite Important High quality was fourth in Louisville.
American Baffert was unable to enter Life is Good, who doubtless would have been the race favorite, due to an harm sustained final month.
“After I noticed him on a straightforward lead, I saved ready for these horses to return at him, however Johnny had him within the excellent spot,” stated 68-year-old Baffert.
“I am the luckiest man on the planet. The file hasn’t sunk in but. I am so thrilled. You simply by no means know in case you are ever going to be again – it is so tough.”
Baffert surpasses the file of Ben Jones, who received the Derby six instances between 1938 and 1952.
Puerto Rican Velazquez, 49, is now one win off the file of 5 victories shared by Eddie Arcaro and Invoice Hartack.
“What an unbelievable feeling – this does not get outdated,” Velazquez stated.
“I stated to Bob, ‘we’ll put him on the lead and see what occurs and I believe he is the horse to beat’. It labored out.”
King Fury – named after British heavyweight boxing world champion Tyson Fury – was withdrawn earlier than the race due to sickness.
The 147th version of the Derby befell in entrance of a socially distanced crowd of 51,838 at Churchill Downs, decreased from the same old capability of 150,000.
Final yr’s race befell behind closed doorways and was moved to September due to the Covid-19 pandemic.