Medina Spirit won the 147th race in the Kentucky Derby, starting the Triple Crown race in 2021. Medina Spirit, led by jockey John R. Velazquez, entered the race at odds of 12-1.
Coach Bob Baffert has now won a record seventh derby in Kentucky. Essential Quality, who entered the race undefeated at 5-0, winning a spot as a 3-1 favorite, finished fourth.
“This little horse has such a big heart,” Buffert said after the race.
The win also gave Velázquez his fourth victory in the Kentucky Derby, placing him one victory behind the all-time record shared by jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack. both races six times.
“There are no words to describe it,” Velazquez said. “It doesn’t get old.”
The derby resumed its traditional place on the first Saturday in May this year afterthrew the schedule of horse racing into chaos in 2020. Last year, the Kentucky Derby was moved back to September and was run after the Belmont Bets, which is traditionally the last stage of the Triple Crown.
Churchill Downs had a 50% capacity for this year’s Run for the Roses, after the race was held without spectators last year. The presence was announced at 51,838, making it the largest sporting event in the United States since the pandemic began. This record will probably beat the end of May.
The next Triple Crown race, Preakness Stakes, will take place on May 15.
See the coverage of CBS Sports for the Kentucky derby here.