Kentucky Derby 2021 Major Takeaways

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The Kentucky Derby 2021 was the 147th iteration of the event. It took place on Saturday in Churchill Downs. Bob Baffert, now 68, has moved past the legendary Ben Jones after his record triumph number seven at the Kentucky Derby.

The Padding Record In Kentucky Derby 2021

Bob Baffert’s first three wins had come in fast succession: with Silver Charm in 1997, with Real Quiet in 1998, and with War Emblem in 2002. However, his next title would come in 2015 with American Pharaoh. The last two were quick as well: with Justify in 2018, and with Authentic in 2020. The seventh triumph this year came with Medina Spirit. So the big question is how many more will he rack up with rich owners all falling over one another for him.

49-year-old John Velazquez, based in New York, became the all-time leader amongst riders in earnings on the entire East Coast. On the other hand, Baffert is cool for all of the West Coast. However, the two have produced an all-conquering combination. They had won last year as well, with Authentic, and now they repeated the feat with Medina Spirit.

There were hopes that Brad Cox would become the only native of Louisville to be the Kentucky Derby 2021 winner. He did come close to achieving it but with the unexpected Mandaloun. He came within the leader’s half a length but could not muster enough to get past. Cox had high praises for the Mandaloun.

Kendrick Carmouche had been the center of quite a lot of media attention before the Kentucky Derby 2021 began. This was primarily due to the reason of him being the first African-American US-born jockey in the event since the year 2000 when Marlon St. Julien had ended a drought of 79 years. However, his horse, the Bourbonic only managed 13th, as per expectations. 

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