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Medina Spirit wins 147th Kentucky Derby

Medina Spirit won the 147th Kentucky Derby, kicking off the 2021 race for the Triple Crown. Medina Spirit, ridden by jockey John R. Velazquez, entered the race with odds of 12-1.

Coach Bob Baffert has now won a record seventh Kentucky Derby. Essential Quality, who entered the race undefeated at 5-0, earning a favorite spot with odds of 3-1, came in fourth.

“This little horse has such a big heart,” Baffert said after the race.

The derby resumed its traditional place on the first Saturday in May this year after the Coronavirus pandemic threw the horse racing calendar into chaos in 2020. Last year, the Kentucky Derby was pushed back to September and was chased after the Belmont Stakes, which is traditionally the final stage of the Triple Crown.

Churchill Downs was capped at 50% capacity for this year’s Rose Race after the race went without spectators last year. Attendance was announced at 51,838, making it the largest sporting event in the United States since the start of the pandemic. This record will probably be smashed by the Indy 500 at the end of May.

Check out CBS Sports’ coverage of the Kentucky Derby here.


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