Recap | Kentucky Derby 147: Medina Spirit wins tight race; Bob Baffert wins 7th race

Medina Spirit takes the win at the 2021 Kentucky Derby–Run for the Roses. Favorite Essential Quality finished 4th.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 147th Kentucky Derby is a wrap. This Louisville tradition usually brings in thousands of visitors to the Bluegrass state, but things were different for 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Big talker on social media, the many people seen without face masks

Next up Preakness on Saturday, May 15 from Baltimore at the Pimlico Race Course.

Crowd attendance was more than 51,000. 

7:20 p.m. – Gov. Beshear makes the trophy presentation. 

7:16 p.m. – Top 4 finishers: Medina Spirit wins, 2. Mandaloun, 3. Hot Rod Charlie and 4. race favorite Essential Quality.

7:01 p.m. – Medina Spirit winner in a very tight race. The win gives Bob Baffert his 7th win. Medina Spirit won by just a half-length over Mandaloun, the AP is reporting.

7:00 p.m.Hot Rod Charlie makes a big move. Favorite Essential Quality just misses winning a very tight one.

6:59: p.m. – Horses off and running in Kentucky Derby 147. 

6:43 p.m. – UofL Marching Band introduced, plays “My Old Kentucky Home.” The song was modified last year. It has been been a tradition at the Kentucky Derby for 100 years. 

6:41 p.m. – “Riders Up!” call given by Hall of Fame trainer and a 4-time Kentucky Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas, 85.

6:30 p.m. – Horses in padlocks

5:58 p.m – Less than an hour away from the fastest 2 minutes in sports. 

5:08: p.m. – National Anthem performed by Tori Kelly. Kelly is the eleventh major artist to perform ahead of the first leg of the Triple Crown. 

The Kentucky Derby energy level and Derby fashion statements were strong, especially for the WHAS11 News team!!

(Specific time unknown). – A plane flying above Churchill Downs Saturday afternoon carried a banner reading “Protect Black Women. Divest from Police.”

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, 85 years young and a 4-time Kentucky Derby winner, will perform the “Rider’s Up” duties for the derby at 6:41 p.m., Churchill Downs tweeted on Saturday. 

Rapper, Louisville native Jack Harlowe was originally scheduled to perform the duties. No word yet on why it was changed.

Here’s a list of Derby Day race winners of early races at Churchill Downs.

Saturday morning, a Houston furniture dealer who owns horses is placing a big-money bet on the Kentucky Derby. Jim McIngvale, nicknamed “Mattress Mack,” is wagering at least $2 million on Saturday’s race, which will be the largest in Derby history.

History happening during Derby 147 when the horses take their post positions:

Derby hats, fashion spirit never disappoint.

Kentucky Derby post positions, morning line odds: Essential Quality — trained by Louisville native Brad Cox — is the favorite, drawing the No. 14 position. Todd Pletcher-trained Known Agenda drew the rail, while Rock Your World had a favorable draw for the No. 15 position.

Kentucky Oaks was held on Friday, April 30. The 5-2 favorite Malathaat won the Oaks in an incredibly tight race edging out Search Results to secure the garland of lilies. The win is trainer Todd Pletcher’s fourth career Kentucky Oaks win.

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