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Kentucky Derby 2021 Winner: Bob Baffert, Medina Spirit's Celebration, Reaction

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIIMay 1, 2021

Trainer Bob Baffert watches workouts at Churchill Downs Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Medina Spirit was the winner of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby, and just as quickly as the race was over, the celebration has begun.

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MEDINA SPIRIT HAS WON THE @KentuckyDerby ! https://t.co/UWhOlqc9NY

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Medina Spirit is the winner of the @KentuckyDerby! 🏇🏆 Watch the full #KyDerby race from start to finish. #DerbyAtHome NBC Sports // @WhiteClaw https://t.co/cHYh3VgXz8

With Medina Spirit's finish, trainer Bob Baffert came away with another victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday. 

The famed trainer set a new record for most Kentucky Derby wins among trainers earning his seventh, though he said the feat hadn't sunk in in his post-win interview. 

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BOB BAFFERT STANDS ALONE! A record 7th @KentuckyDerby win! https://t.co/c3GP7a7kun

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Bob Baffert and his wife Jill were crying as they walked from paddock to track after Medina Springs gave him his record 7th win in Kentucky Derby. “I can’t believe he won,” Baffert said at least 5 times. https://t.co/qKMQ6qFULO

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Bob Baffert: “I can’t believe this shit.” https://t.co/B9x1E8uUC4

 

He also said he thought he got some luck from legendary NFL coach Bill Belichick, who sat down for an interview with Baffert earlier this week. 

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"He doesn't know how much he costs. What a little race horse." Medina Spirit was bought for $1,000 as a yearling. Now, he's a winner of the #KYDerby with 7-time winning trainer Bob Baffert. https://t.co/pEvJFsQwBw

John Velazquez was jockeying out of the No. 8 post position. The star jockey rode Malathaat, the 5-2 favorite, to victory at the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. 

While the duo are far from strangers to the title, it didn't seem like something that was in the cards on Saturday. Medina Spirit entered with 12-1 odds, and his resume didn't exactly make him a confident pick. He came into Saturday having won just two of his five starts. 

Essential Quality was considered the favorite heading into the race, with 5-2 odds to start off the Triple Crown with a victory. Rock Your World and Hot Rod Charlie followed at 5-1. 

The favorite finished fourth, paced by Hot Rod Charlie's third-place finish. Mandaloun, who entered with 28-1 odds, placed second. 

With the first leg of the 2021 Triple Crown out of the way, it's on to the 146th Preakness Stakes on May 15.