Bob Baffert: LOUISVILLE, Ky
When you think he has no chance, just when you think there are much better horses, Bob Baffert figured out a way to win the Kentucky Derby.
Baffert became the all-time winning Kentucky Derby trainer when Medina Spirit gave him his seventh win in the most famous of all horse races. The 3-year-old colt went to the front early and stayed there 1 to the mile to win by half the length.
“Usually, I come here with these heavy-hitter horses,” Baffert said. “This year, I came in and I enjoyed myself and got under the radar, thinking maybe he would get a piece of it” with the top-three. “But” jockey] Johnny [Velczakz] kept telling me that if he improves on his last race, he will run well. ”
When the gate was opened, Velazquez immediately took the Medina Spirit into the lead. The colt never led the race by more than a length, a distance of half a mile. Beneath the backstretch, Mandalon began to move closer, and they were almost side-by-side, stepping out of the far turn.
“I was waiting for all the horses to pass him,” Baffert said. “And suddenly, I’m thinking, ‘Wait a minute.’
Further down the stretch, there were several horses who had the opportunity to pass the Medina Spirit. Hot Rod Charlie was doing three elaborate and favorite essential quality four elaborate tracks. But Medina Spirit will not give up prominence.
“Every time I asked him to give me more, he kept fighting,” Velzkez said. “You can’t ask for more of a horse. When you ride a horse like this that is competitive, you can’t ask for anything else.”
Medina Soul paid $ 26.20, $ 12.00, and $ 7.60. Mandaloun was in second place and Hot Rod Charlie was in third place. The essential quality was fourth, followed by O Besos, Midnight Bourbon, Cheminemind, Helium, Known Agenda, Highly Inspired, such as King, Bourbonic, Hidden Stash, Strong, Super Stock, Rock Your World, Dynamic One, and Soup and Sandwiches.
The Kentucky Derby was the first race for the Medina Spirit outside of Southern California. He has won three times with six second-place finishes. He sits just a few miles from Buffart’s La Canada home with Santa Anita and broke his first rung in his first race at Los Alamitos.
Medina Spirit’s journey to win the Kentucky Derby was not exclusive to a Baffert winner. He started out as a $ 35,000 buyout and then played backup for two of Baffert’s more skilled horses. Medina Spirits finished second after Life Is Good in both the Sham Shake and San Felipe Steak. But then, Life Is Good was hurt and all attention shifted to the second Buffert Wunderkind, concert tour.
But the concert tour finished a poor third in the Arkansas Derby and the decision was made to skip the Derby and point to the Preakness Stakes, something that might be reconsidered in which the Medina Spirit moves to Baltimore with Triple Crown hopes Was going
Therefore, Medina Spirit almost became the Kentucky Derby horse of Bob Baffert by default.
Earlier in the week, Baffert was talking about which of his horses were the best to win the Kentucky Derby and who beat the better horses. “Medina is not the best horse in the spiritual race,” he said bluntly, a situation he may have to reevaluate.
Buffett’s list of derby winners, cracking a tie with trainer Ben Jones, followed by Silver Charm (1997), followed by Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002), American Pharoah (2015), Justify (2018), and Authentic Begins with At Derby in September last year. American Pharoah and Justify each won the Triple Crown. Medina was not the longest shot to win for Spirit Baffert as the battle symbol paid $ 43.00 to win.
“It was thrilling what that horse did today,” Baffert said “He reminds me very much of the Silver Charm, just the fire [in it].”
While the Derby victory was certainly the highlight of Baffert’s day, it was not the only bright spot. Prior to that, he won a record 220th Grade 1 wager by winning the $ 500,000 Derby City Distaff 1 million lengths with gamine. He also won the Grade 2 $ 500,000 American Turf with Du Jerse, a horse co-owned by his wife Jill.
The second favorite in the derby, the John Sadler-trained Rock Your World, was initially too much to finish when it collided with the required quality.
“It was too much after the break,” said Joel Rosario, the jockey at Rock Your World. “We got out of position from there, and it was a tough journey to get ahead in a race like a derby.”