Medina Spirit pulled off a surprise in the 2021 Kentucky Derby, leading the majority of Saturday’s race on the way to victory.
Bob Baffert, coach of Medina Spirit (12-1), set a Kentucky Derby record with his seventh career victory at Churchill Downs. Even he seemed stunned by the result in a post-plotting interview.
“I just can’t believe it. It hasn’t entered yet,” Baffert said. “I love the record and all that, but it’s one of those things that I’m so thrilled about because, when you win it, you never know if you’re gonna be back … I couldn’t be more proud of my team. “
“He doesn’t know how much it costs. What a little racehorse.”
– NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 1, 2021
Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie finished second and third, respectively, with favorite Essential Quality landing fourth.
Sporting News provided live updates during the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Check out the full results below.
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Kentucky Derby Arrival Order
|order||Horse||To win||In law||show|
|1||Spirit of Medina||$ 26.20||$ 12.00||$ 7.60|
|2||Mandaloun||$ 23.00||$ 13.40|
|3rd||Hot Rod Charlie||$ 5.20|
|7th||Keep me in mind|
|12||Like the king|
|17th||Rock your world|
|19th||Soup and sandwich|
|20th||King Fury (scratch)|
- Final time: 2: 01.02
- $ 2 Exacta (8-7) paid $ 503.60
- $ 1 Trifecta (8-7-9) paid $ 1,696.90
- $ 1 Superfecta (8-7-9-14) paid $ 9,456.40
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Kentucky Derby Live Updates, Highlights, Results
(All Eastern hours)
7:10 p.m. – Bob Baffert is now the winningest coach in Kentucky Derby history.
7:05 p.m. – The unofficial top four: Medina Spirit, Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie and Essential Quality.
7:01 p.m. – Medina Spirit holds back the rest of the peloton to win the 2021 Kentucky Derby!
7:00 p.m. – Medina Spirit takes the lead with Soup and Sandwich not far behind.
6:59 p.m. – And they are gone!
6:50 p.m. – Bring out the bugle. Almost race time.
6:35 p.m. – Looks like “Mattress Mack” found some change.
6:25 p.m. – Over 51,000 fans are ready to watch the 2021 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
The official participation of 51838 to date #Derby kentucky is the largest crowd at a U.S. sporting event since the pandemic began 14 months ago. He leads the Alabama spring soccer game, which hosted 47,218 a few weeks ago.
– Hayes Gardner (@HayesGardner) May 1, 2021
6:15 p.m. – Wow. The Turf Classic ends in a dead end.
5:55 p.m. – It’s time to play the game “Tom Brady Looks Like …” on Twitter.
5:45 p.m. – Of course, Aaron Rodgers made a “Celebrity Jeopardy” reference with his Kentucky Derby badge.
2021 Kentucky Derby after the hour
Coverage of the 2021 Kentucky Derby will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The race, which has a start time of 6:57 p.m. ET, will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
You can also stream the Derby live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Kentucky Derby Post Positions
Below is the full list of starting points, along with each horse’s odds of winning the Kentucky Derby.
|2||Like the king||50-1|
|4th||Keep me in mind||50-1|
|8th||Spirit of Medina||15-1|
|9||Hot Rod Charlie||8-1|
|15th||Rock your world||5-1|
|19th||Soup and sandwich||30-1|