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John Velázquez gets his fourth victory in the Kentucky Derby; Bob Baffert, the most awarded trainer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Medina Spirit fought three opponents down the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby by half a length, making Bob Baffert the most victorious coach in the event’s 147-year history.

The Puerto Rican Jockey John Velázquez earned his fourth Derby victory aboard the dark brown colt which was bought for $ 1,000 and cost current owner Amr Zedan about $ 35,000.

Medina Spirit ran 1 1/4 miles in 2: 01.02.

Mandaloun finished second. Hot Rod Charlie third and Essential Quality, the 5-2 favorite, finished fourth.

Baffert tied Ben Jones for his sixth win last year when the Derby was held in September without spectators. Velázquez became the first rider to win consecutive Derbies since Victor Espinoza in 2014-15. He also completed the Kentucky Oaks-Derby double for the first time since 2009, having won the race.

The Derby took place with an attendance of 51,838 spectators, about 100,000 less than usual.

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