Medina Spirit has won the 147th edition of the Kentucky Derby, kicking off the 2021 race for the Triple Crown. Medina Spirit, ridden by jockey John R. Velazquez, entered the race with 12-1 chances
Trainer Bob Baffert has now won a record-breaking seventh Kentucky Derby. Essential Quality, which came unbeaten in the race 5-0 and earned a spot as a favorite with 3-1 chances, came in fourth.
The win also gave Velazquez his fourth Kentucky Derby victory, leaving one win on the record shared by jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack. Arcaro also holds the records for the most wins at the Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes, taking home the trophy six times each for both races.
“There are no words to describe it,” Velazquez said. “This is not getting old.”
Churchill Downs was limited to 50% capacity for this year’s Run for the Roses after the race ran without spectators last year. Attendance was announced as 51,838, making it the largest sporting event in the US since the start of the pandemic. That record will likely be broken by the Indy 500 in late May.
The next race in the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, will be held on May 15.