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Even one of the greatest trainers in horse racing history couldn't believe his luck as Medina Spirit crossed the Kentucky Derby finish line.
Bob Baffert made Kentucky Derby history on Saturday with his record seventh win at the biggest event in horse racing, watching the 12-to-1 underdog Medina Spirit. The win broke a tie with Ben Jones for sole possession of the all-time Derby record as a trainer.
After the race, Baffert was blunt about his expectations for the race.
"I cannot believe he won this race," Baffert said in an interview with NBC. "That little horse, that was him, It was all guts. I was a little disappointed with his last race, he didn't run well. He came in here, trained well for it. I'm the luckiest guy in the world.
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"I'm so spoiled bringing these heavy duty horses in here, but I'm telling you that horse has got a heart, such a big heart."
Medina Spirit had been the favorite in his previous race, the Santa Anita Derby, but finished second to Rock Your World.
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Baffert's seventh win comes only seven months after his record-tying sixth, when. The 2020 Kentucky Derby had been rescheduled to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to Medina Spirit and Authentic, Baffert has trained Derby winners Justify (2018), American Pharoah (2015), War Emblem (2002), Real Quiet (1998) and Silver Charm (1997). He credited his horse, his team and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for the historic achievement.
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In the closest Kentucky Derby since 2005, underdog Medina Spirit triumphed on the strength of the best trainer and jockey in the business. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The euphoria came spilling out across the track at Churchill Downs and into the winner’s circle, joy tinged with disbelief, a moving jumble of people whooping and hugging in the afterglow of a Kentucky Derby result that was simultaneously very familiar and largely unexpected.“I won the Derby,” said Amr Zedan, Saudi Arabian businessman and owner of Medina Spirit, while sobbing into a phone. “I won the Derby.”On the other end of the conversation was Zedan’s father.
"I just can't believe it. It hasn't sunken in yet," Baffert said after the race. "I'm just so thrilled because when you win it, you never know if you're going to be back. It is so difficult.
"I think Bill Belichick gave me a lot of good luck that other day when we did that little interview. We stay focused, keep working at it and hopefully you'll get there. I couldn't be prouder of my team, but that little horse, he won it today. He doesn't know how much he cost, but what a little race horse."
Baffert and Belichick, both six time champions in their sport's marquee event, had taken part inbefore the race. With seven wins to Baffert's name, he may have to do one with Tom Brady next year instead.
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Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert announced Sunday that Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for the steroid cream betamethasone. Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for the topical steroid cream betamethasone, trainer Bob Baffert announced.The California-based trainer, who won his record-seventh Kentucky Derby, said the Kentucky Racing Commission informed his assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes on Saturday that Medina Spirit tested positive for 21 picograms of the anti-inflammatory medicine in a post-race sample. The legal limit in Kentucky is 10 picograms.