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Entertainment MSNBC's Steve Kornacki – and his Big Board – Correctly Pick the Kentucky Derby Winner

07:05  02 may  2021
07:05  02 may  2021 Source:   thewrap.com

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NBC News national political correspondent Steve Kornacki joins TODAY to discuss the odds and expectations for who will win the 2021 Kentucky Derby . Appearing:Savannah Guthrie. Tags: sports, news, Editor' s picks , big news, 3rd Hour of TODAY, today. S 2021 E06 minHighlightNews and InformationDaytime.

MSNBC ' s Steve Kornacki will join NBC's broadcast of the Kentucky Derby , which returns to it's normal place on the calendar after having been delayed last year by COVID-19. Also joining the broadcast is MSNBC ’ s Steve Kornacki . Following his popular run touting NFL playoff odds on Sunday Night Football , NBC will have Kornacki tracking how the odds change during the day and which horses may be getting support in the run-up to the race. “I’ve never actually been to the Derby in person before.

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NBC's Election Day map guru put his money on Medina Spirit at 12-1 odds

Maybe it's time for Steve Kornacki to ditch politics and focus on the ponies full time? It might not be a terrible idea, after the NBC and MSNBC political correspondent correctly picked Medina Spirit to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Kornacki — who is best known for his command of the touchscreen "Big Board" map on Election Day — picked Medina Spirit at 12-to-1 odds to win on NBC's pre-race show. He even put his money where his mouth is, placing a $100 bet on his prediction, which, at those odds, would've netted him $1,200.

Here's NBC Sports taking a victory lap for Kornacki after the race:

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Steve Photo: MSNBC /Youtube. Election Night 2020 is an acutely stressful time. Sure, maybe John King is having fun, but for the rest of us, watching live TV to see whether President Donald Trump will have a second term or whether Joe Biden will be elected is a harrowing experience. For anyone who hasn’t opted out of watching news coverage altogether, there is one saving grace: MSNBC ’ s political correspondent Steve Kornacki . Like Tony Hawk or Keith Emerson, the guy’s the King of the Board .

Medina Spirit, which had the sixth best odds at 12-1, is the winner of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby after holding off Mandaloun in the final stretch of the fastest two minutes in sports. The victory was not only an incredible 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. Medina Spirit is the winner of the @ KentuckyDerby ! . Watch the full #KyDerby race from start to finish.

Medina Spirit entered the 147th "Run for the Roses" with the eighth best odds of winning, per USA Today.

Kornacki's winning pick quickly earned him some kudos on Twitter.

"Damn, Steve. How long have you been around horse racing? Great pick, sir!" One user said in response to a picture of his bet.

"Never bet against the best numbers guy on TV," another user said.

And as The Action Network's Darren Rovell pointed out on Twitter, Kornacki was the only person out of 11 NBC talking heads to pick Medina Spirit. Perhaps this'll turn into a full-time gig for Kornacki?

Kornacki became MSNBC's unlikely star back in mid-2016 as the country – and the news networks – was gearing up for the presidential election. Planted next to his Big Board, adorably clad in his now trademark khakis and glasses, head down as he'd tap away at his calculator, he became the go-to guy when it came to crunching the numbers coming in from the polls. Along the way, he got one helluva following.

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Calumet boasts eight Kentucky Derby winners (most by an owner), including two Triple Crown winners . But Forward Pass was Calumet’ s last Derby winner in 1968, and the farm fell into disarray because of financial issues until being purchased by billionaire Brad Kelley in 2012. The 20-1 colt has never finished off the board in his seven career starts. He is trained by Steve Asmussen, who is looking for his first Derby win after 21 previous attempts. Asmussen also fields Super Stock (30-1). Expect Midnight Bourbon to find the front of the pack early and hang tight.

The 2021 Kentucky Derby field is set. On Saturday, 20 horses will step into the gates at Churchill Downs, with one winning the "Run for the Roses" and taking the first step toward Triple Crown immortality. After the official draw determined the post positions for the horses in the field this year, the morning line was set, and bettors began to consider One thing to know: Hot Rod Charlie looked like the strongest horse in the field at the Louisiana Derby , taking the race comfortably by two lengths. Trainer Doug O'Neill has won the Kentucky Derby twice in the past 10 years - could this be his third?

In December, he and his Big Board joined "Sunday Night Football" to help break down the playoff probabilities. And earlier this year, TheWrap's own Steve Pond suggested Kornacki contribute to live Oscar coverage.

"PricewaterhouseCoopers should report the results in real time during the Oscar show, and that the Academy should hire MSNBC's Steve Kornacki to give us constant updates on the AMPAS version of The Big Board at the side of the Dolby Theatre or Union Station stage. (Or from a studio somewhere)," Pond wrote.

"Kornacki will of course be exempt from the Oscars' black-tie dress code; he must wear khakis and a white shirt with rolled-up sleeves, and how could this fail to get better ratings than a parade of sealed envelopes?"

NBC whiz Steve Kornacki becomes gambling expert for Preakness: 'Like looking at election returns' .
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