Kentucky Derby Returns

Kentucky Derby Returns

The first Saturday in May brought the running of the 147th Kentucky Derby. Arguably, this is biggest race in all of horse racing. This historic event takes place at the beautiful Churchill Downs. The Derby returned to its traditional time slot this year, after being postponed until the fall last year due to the pandemic. This year’s race did not disappoint with beautiful weather and a very interesting winner which came in with the 6th best odds to take home the win.

This is also a historic win for the trainer and the jockey as well. The horse, Medina Spirit, was the one John Velasquez rode to victory, his fourth time to do so in the last 11 years. Medina Spirit’s trainer, Bob Baffert, stands alone now with seven Kentucky Derby wins, a record in the sport. Analysts predicted prior to the race that Medina Spirit would get off to a fast start. All that was left was to see if the horse could keep the lead. Coming to the backstretch of the race, Mandaloun briefly passed Medina Spirit, but wasn’t able to hold on as Medina would pass again and take the win.

For some this win was not a surprise. Medina Spirit had one of the best jockeys and one of the best trainers. In addition, the horse had never before been passed in a race. However, there was only one analyst who said that this horse may even have a chance.  Regardless of whether the pundits were able to pick the winner, the race was an exciting one for those who were able to be part of the reduced crowd present at the track and for those at home. Senior Thomas White made time for the race. “I watch it with my family every year, but I don’t think that I would consider myself a horse racing fan.” Porter Kelly, 12, said, “The race was really fun to watch and I always enjoy the parties that are thrown around the event”. Nathan Hall, 12, took a more serious interest in the race. While he didn’t win any money on it, he said, “No I didn’t, but I still had a good time losing money if that makes sense.” A return to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in may is a good way to do that.