Medina Spirit, a 12-1 chance, won the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday after holding off Mandaloun in the final stretch.
The victory was an upset on the track, but also a historic moment for trainer Bob Baffert, who stands alone with seven Kentucky Derby wins in his career, a record in the sport.
It was not only a consecutive victory at Churchill Downs for Baffert, but also for the jockey, John Velasquez. The 49-year-old was the man who rode Authentic in last year’s Kentucky Derby that helped Baffert tie the record of all-time wins at this Triple Crown jewel. Velasquez also won the Kentucky Oaks earlier this week.

“I never imagined last night I was going to be sitting here,” Baffert said.

“This opportunity doesn’t come very often, for a man like me that’s on the age that I’m on right now,” said Velazquez, 49, who keeps having the opportunity with Derby wins at 39, 45, 48 and 49.

“I couldn’t believe what was happening before my eyes,” Baffert added.

Medina Spirit is by the Giant’s Causeway sire, Protonicon, who stands at Castleton Lyons Stud in Lexington, Kentucky.

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