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Kentucky Derby Results Finishing Order, Replay Video and Payouts

Jockey John Velazquez onboard Medina Spirit gives a thumbs up after winning the th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, , in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Never count out a Bob Baffert horse in the Kentucky Derby.

That is the lesson we all learned again Saturday, when Medina Spirit took the Kentucky Derby over Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie.

Medina Spirit handed Baffert a record seventh Kentucky Derby victory as a trainer. The colt is the second consecutive winner at Churchill Downs for Baffert after Authentic captured the crown, and he is the fourth champion in the past seven years for the Hall of Fame trainer.

Finishing Order and Payout

1. Medina Spirit: $ million

2. Mandaloun: $,

3. Hot Rod Charlie: $,

4. Essential Quality: $,

5. O Besos: $90,

6. Midnight Bourbon

7. Keepmeinmind

8. Helium

9. Known Agenda

Highly Motivated


Like The King


Hidden Stash

Brooklyn Strong

Super Stock

Rock Your World

Dynamic One

Soup and Sandwich 

Medina Spirit's win was one of the unlikeliest of Baffert's seven Kentucky Derby triumphs.

Saturday's winner went off at Baffert's past three champions at Churchill Downs were either the favorites or second on the odds chart.

Medina Spirit led for a majority of the 1 ¼ miles, fending off challenges from pre-race favorite Essential Quality and Rock Your World. The horse's story is remarkable, as he was bought as a $1, yearling before progressing into the best healthy three-year-old in Baffert's stable.

"I'm the luckiest guy in the world," Baffert said on the NBC broadcast. "I'm so spoiled bringing these heavy-duty horses in here, but I'll tell you that little horse has got a heart, such a big heart."

Medina Spirit will try to follow in the footsteps of American Pharoah and Justify, who both won the Triple Crown for Baffert. Authentic did not have a chance to chase that after his Derby win because the Belmont Stakes was the first Triple Crown race of the adjusted schedule in

Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie ended up in second and third, respectively, behind the winner. Essential Quality came in fourth and was one of two horses trained by Brad H. Cox to land in the top four.

The second-place finisher was the biggest surprise in the top four. He entered the starting gate with longer odds than Medina Spirit.

The most shocking outcome outside of the top four was second-favorite Rock Your World landing near the back of the pack in 17th.

Medina Spirit will race again May 15 at the Preakness Stakes. The field is unconfirmed for that race, but typically a handful of Derby horses enter depending on how they look after the first Triple Crown leg.


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Medina Spirit wins Bob Baffert a record 7th Kentucky Derby

Medina Spirit put up a wire-to-wire effort to win the th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

He set off at odds and pushed the pace early. Mandaloun and Florent Geroux gave chase, but Medina Spirit outlasted him to the wire. Last year's Champion 2-Year-Old Male and early Derby favorite Essential Quality finished in 4th.

This is a record seventh Kentucky Derby win for his Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who also won last year's Derby with Authentic.

"If you have him on the lead, he'll fight," Baffert told NBC Sports' Kenny Rice after the race.

Baffert was previously tied with Ben Jones for most Derby wins by a trainer.

John Velazquez had the ride about 25 hours after winning the th Kentucky Oaks aboard Malathaat. Velazquez also rode Authentic to Derby victory last year. This is his fourth Kentucky Derby win.

The Florida-bred colt was originally bought for a mere $1, as a yearling before being purchased by Zedan Racing Stables last July.

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Kentucky Derby finish: Who won Kentucky Derby ?

Who won the Kentucky Derby ? 

For the first time in over a year, the Kentucky Derby was run with spectators in the crowd.

Last year&#;s race was done virtually and for charity, and the actual running of the Kentucky Derby was postponed until September. So if you feel like we just saw the Derby run it&#;s because we did. But now that America has turned a major corner in combating COVID, with vaccinations readily available and the number of Americans who have been vaccinated rising, we got to experience a little bit of normalcy on Saturday.

The hats were there, the Mint Julips were plentiful, and the race was exactly the type of sight sore eyes needed.

Who won Kentucky Derby ?

Medina Spirit crossed the finish line first in what was one of the closest races we&#;ve had at the Derby in a while.

Here&#;s the complete finishing order for this year&#;s Kentucky Derby race:

  1. Medina Spirit ()
  2. Mandalouin
  3. Hot Rod Charlie
  4. Essential Quality
  5. O Besos
  6. Midnight Bourbon
  7. Keepmeinmind
  8. Helium
  9. Known Agenda
  10. Highly Motivated
  11. Sainthood
  12. Like The Knight
  13. Bourbonic
  14. Hidden Stash
  15. Brooklyn Strong
  16. Super Stock
  17. Rock Your World
  18. Dynamic One
  19. Soup and Sandwich
  20. King Fury*

*King Fury was scratched because of a high fever, which is unfortunate because he won a race on Apr. 10 and could have been an interesting figure in this one.

Kentucky Derby payouts

Medina Spirit (Based on a $2 bet)

Win: $
Place: $12
Show: $

Mandalouin (Based on a $2 bet)

Win: N/A
Place: $23
Show: $

Hot Rod Charlie (Based on a $2 bet)

Win: N/A
Place: N/A
Show: $

Exacta (Based on a $2 bet)

, $

Trifecta (Based on a $1 bet)

, $1,

Superfecta (Based on a $1 bet)

, $9,

For those interested, here are the payouts for this year&#;s Kentucky Derby winners that actually raced:

Winner: $1,,
2nd: $,
4th: $,
5th: $90,

For what it&#;s worth, the cost to race in the Kentucky Derby is $50, and no finisher outside of the Top 5 gets a payout.

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Who won the Kentucky Derby in ? Full results, finish order & highlights from the race

UPDATE: Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test, putting the horse's Kentucky Derby win in jeopardy. If the results of the test are upheld, Medina Spirit will be disqualified, and runner-up Mandaloun will be declared the winner of the Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs announced that Bob Baffert, the trainer of Medina Spirit, has been suspended from entering any horses at the race track. Baffert has said he will fight the ruling, calling the incident "a complete injustice."

ORIGINAL: Medina Spirit pulled off an upset at the  Kentucky Derby, holding the lead for the majority of Saturday's race on the way to victory.

Bob Baffert, the trainer for Medina Spirit (), set a Kentucky Derby record with his seventh career win at Churchill Downs. Even he appeared stunned with the result during a postrace interview.

"I just can't believe it. It hasn't sunken in yet," Baffert said. "I love the record and all that, but it's one of those things where I'm just so thrilled because, when you win it, you never know if you're going to be back. . . . I couldn't be prouder of my team."

Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie finished second and third, respectively, with prerace favorite Essential Quality landing fourth.

Sporting News provided live updates during the  Kentucky Derby. Check out the full results below.

MORE: Payout breakdown for  Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby finish order

1Medina Spirit$$$
3Hot Rod Charlie$
4Essential Quality
5O Besos
6Midnight Bourbon
9Known Agenda
10Highly Motivated
12Like The King
14Hidden Stash
15Brooklyn Strong
16Super Stock
17Rock Your World
18Dynamic One
19Soup And Sandwich
20King Fury (scratch)
  • Final time: 
  • $2 Exacta () paid $
  • $1 Trifecta () paid $1,
  • $1 Superfecta () paid $9,

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p.m. — Bob Baffert is now the winningest trainer in Kentucky Derby history.

 p.m. — The unofficial top four: Medina Spirit, Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie and Essential Quality.

p.m. — Medina Spirit holds off the rest of the field to win the Kentucky Derby!

7 p.m. — Medina Spirit takes the early lead with Soup and Sandwich not far behind.

 p.m. — And they're off!

 p.m. — Bring out the bugle. Almost race time.

 p.m. — Looks like "Mattress Mack" found some loose change.

 p.m. — More than 51, fans are ready to watch the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

 p.m. — Wow. The Turf Classic ends in a dead heat. 

p.m. — It's time to play the "Tom Brady looks like" game on Twitter.

 p.m. — Of course Aaron Rodgers made a "Celebrity Jeopardy" reference with his Kentucky Derby name tag.

Kentucky Derby post time

Coverage of the Kentucky Derby will begin at p.m. ET on NBC. The race, which has a post time of p.m. ET, will be held at at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

You can also stream the Derby live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

Kentucky Derby post positions

Below is the full list of starting spots, as well as each horse's odds of winning the Kentucky Derby.

Post positionHorseOdds
1Known Agenda
2Like The King
3Brooklyn Strong
6O Besos
8Medina Spirit
9Hot Rod Charlie
10Midnight Bourbon
11Dynamic One
13Hidden Stash
14Essential Quality
15Rock Your World
16King Fury
17Highly Motivated
18Super Stock
19Soup And Sandwich

Finish kentucky order derby

Medina Spirit led practically from gate to wire to give trainer Bob Baffert a record-setting win in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

The colt beat a field of 19 3-year-olds for Baffert’s seventh victory in the Run for the Roses, the most for a trainer in the race’s history. Medina Spirit’s jockey, John Velazquez, rode his fourth Kentucky Derby winner.

Breaking from Gate 8, Medina Spirit took the lead from the initial stampede and still had it when the field turned for home.

Mandaloun – a long shot -- Hot Rod Charlie and favorite Essential Quality were in position to challenge Medina Spirit in the run down the stretch, but none could overcome the game front-runner that once was purchased for $1, Medina Spirit beat Mandaloun at the finish by one-half length.

Medina Spirit paid $ to win, $ to place and $ to show.

Mandaloun paid $ to place and $ to show.

Hot Rod Charlie paid $ to show.

The $2 exacta paid $

The $1 trifecta paid $1,

The $1 superfecta, with fourth-place finisher Essential Quality joining the top three, paid $9,

After capturing the Kentucky Derby, Medina Spirit is this year’s candidate to become the 14th Triple Crown winner in the history of U.S. thoroughbred racing. The next race in the Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes on May 15 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Baffert also has saddled seven Preakness winners.

Medina Spirit won for the third time in six races. The colt finished second the three times he didn’t win. In his previous race, Medina Spirit had finished lengths behind Rock Your World in the Santa Anita Derby on April 3. Rock Your World finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

The order of finish for the th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, was:

1. Medina Spirit

2. Mandaloun

3. Hot Rod Charlie

4. Essential Quality

5. O Besos

6. Midnight Bourbon

7. Keepmeinmind

8. Helium

9. Known Agenda

Highly Motivated


Like The King


Hidden Stash

Brooklyn Strong

Super Stock

Rock Your World

Dynamic One

Soup and Sandwich

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

2021 Kentucky Derby Results payouts order of finish

Bob Baffert's Medina Spirit is the champ. Here's what happened at the Kentucky Derby

Two years ago it was a disqualification and longshot winner. Last year it was a delay from spring into September. So what twists and turns will the Kentucky Derby throw at us this year?

The first Saturday in May has arrived, which means it's time for the fastest two minutes in sports — and, after a race with no fans in , the scene this year promises to be one to remember.

Essential Quality is the favorite in the race, with odds at as of  p.m. Other names to know include Rock Your World at ,Hot Rod Charlie at and Known Agenda at

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We'll have updates throughout the day here on what's happening at Churchill Downs, from race results to the scene in the crowd, from the luxury suites to the down-and-dirty infield. Stay tuned and keep the bourbon handy — we've got a long day ahead.

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p.m. - Kentucky Derby finish order

Medina Spirit won the race, delivering another win for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey John Velazquez. Here's the full finish order:

1 - Medina Spirit

2 - Mandaloun

3 - Hot Rod Charlie

4 - Essential Quality

5 - O Besos

6 - Midnight Bourbon

7 - Keepmeinmind

8 - Helium

9 - Known Agenda

10 - Highly Motivated

11 - Sainthood

12 - Like The King

13 - Bourbonic

14 - Hidden Stash

15 - Brooklyn Strong

16 - Super Stock

17 - Rock Your World

18 - Dynamic One

19 - Soup And Sandwich

Scratch - King Fury

 p.m. - Medina Spirit wins the Kentucky Derby

Medina Spirit has finished first in the Kentucky Derby.

More on the race:Medina Spirit wins the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

Mandaloun finished second, and Hot Rod Charlie finished third.

It's another Kentucky Derby win for iconic trainer Bob Baffert, who's won seven Kentucky Derbys. John Velazquez was Medina Spirit's jockey, marking his fourth Kentucky Derby win. Velazquez also won Friday's Kentucky Oaks aboard Malathaat.

Medina Spirit paid $ to win, $12 to place and $ to show. Mandaloun paid $23 to place and $ to show. Hot Rod Charlie paid $ to show. 

It was a good year to have nailed the exacta -- it paid $ The trifecta paid $1,,90, and the superfecta paid a whopping $9,

Previously:Bob Baffert may be selling Medina Spirit short, but here's why you shouldn't

p.m. - 50,+ in attendance

The Kentucky Derby's announced crowd this year was 51, -- a far cry from the usueal ,plus fans the race draws in a normal year, but one of the largest crowds at any event since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

6 p.m. - The wait

The Kentucky Derby is the fastest two minutes in sports, but the wait between the Turf Classic and the Kentucky Derby is the longest hour-and-a-half of the year.

If you're in the infield and still able to stand, it's your last chance to get a drink before alcohol sales are cut off after the Derby. If you're watching from home, it's a good time to grab a bite to eat. And no matter where you are, it's a great time to review your bets and lay down one last wager.

Tori Kelly already sang the national anthem, and the traditionally playing of "My Old Kentucky Home," Kentucky's state song, is coming soon. The horses will then make the walk to the starting gate, which takes a couple minutes but *feels* like it takes a couple hours, and then the race will begin at approximately p.m.

p.m. Turf Classic ends in dead heat as Derby looms

The Old Forester Turf Classic, the final race at Churchill Downs before the Kentucky Derby, ended in a dead heat, with Colonel Liam and Domestic Spending crossing the finish line at the same time.

Now, we wait.

It's a beautiful evening in Louisville, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70s. Eleven races are already in the books ahead of the big race.

Essential Quality's odds stand at currently, with Hot Rod Charlie and Rock Your World both sporting odds. Every other horse's odds are higher than

5 p.m. - Killing time before the big race

Two hours before the start of the race is around the time we start getting restless. So what better way to get ready for the Kentucky Derby than with The Courier Journal's race interactives?

Follow this link to find your Derby horse name (here's hoping yours is better than "Minty Pickles," which is what this reporter got).

Meanwhile, follow this link to test your Kentucky Derby knowledge. How much do you really know about the Run for the Roses? (Not to brag, but this reporter just scored a 14 out of 15).

The th Kentucky Derby is set to be run at p.m.

p.m. - Derby looks don't disappoint

Look, the race is a big deal, but the Kentucky Derby is about fashion as much as anything. And the looks at Saturday's race have been impressive.

The beautiful weather helps, and after the race was closed to fans a year ago, those in attendance had plenty of time to prepare. 

Christine Moore, a featured milliner of the th Kentucky Derby and The Kentucky Derby Museum, has been impressed with what she's seen.

"Maybe it was because we didn't get to have a spring Derby in but race fans really went all out this year," Moore told The Courier Journal. "The fashion was really elevated at Churchill Downs for the entire weekend." 

Related:Fancy hats, bright colors and masks make for a vibrant, sunny Derby Day

In the meantime, we're getting closer to post time. Du Jour won the American Turf, while Jackie's Warrior came in first in the Pat Day Mile.

 p.m. - No word from Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has been in the news lately, as ESPN recently reported he does not want to return to the Green Bay Packers. Still, he seemed to be enjoying his time in Louisville on Saturday at the Kentucky Derby.

With that said, he didn't have much to say about his status with the team. He declined an on-air interview with NBC's Mike Tirico, but the NBC personality said Rodgers was "disappointed that news has come out of this rift with the Packers" but said he "loves Green Bay, loves the fans, loves the franchise."

Rodgers was shown in an Instagram post from a member of his Derby party earlier Saturday, which included current and former Green Bay teammates like David Bakhtiari and UK alum Randall Cobb along with, for some reason, actor Miles Teller.

In an interview at the racetrack with TwinSpires, Rodgers talked about why he likes the Kentucky Derby (he's picking Brooklyn Strong and is planning to play some exactas and trifectas) but did not address his status with the Packers.

An important note: Rodgers was wearing a nametag that said "Turd Ferguson," a classic Saturday Night Live "Celebrity Jeopardy" reference, during the interview (Rodgers has recently served as a host of the famed game show). As we've said before, the Derby always brings out the characters.

p.m. - Long lines in the infield

Kylee Ann Frizzell, Kennedy Spraggs, Jettie Jones and Kylee Alonso stood in a very long line for the ATM in the infield. They heard it might take as long as two hours to move through.

“We didn’t know to bring cash" Frizzell said.

It's the first Kentucky Derby for the four friends, all of whom are either connected by high school or the University of Kentucky. They said this year is the perfect time, as the coronavirus pandemic wanes.

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"Last year was a bad year, so this year we're trying to do stuff," Frizzell said.

"We feel free without a mask," she added, as the requirement has not been heavily enforced Saturday at Churchill Downs. "I was so blessed that they weren't strict with masks, honestly. I was blessed."

p.m. - Races and reunions

Cindy Martin, Lauren Theobald and Carolyn Matula were in the paddock area Saturday, just before Race 8. The three women are Sacred Heart graduates from the class of , but they teased this trip to the Kentucky Derby was for their “five-year reunion.”

Martin said she’d been to more than 10 Derbys and the three women reminisced about life in the infield years before — the days of strapping alcohol to your ankles. Saturday wouldn’t be that kind of day, but they’re were glad to be back at the track for the races.

And as the Derby draws closer, several other races have taken place in the meantime. Masqueparade won the fifth race, Blowout took the win in the sixth and Gamine won the seventh.

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p.m. - Calm on the backside

On Churchill Downs’ backside, home to a maze of horse barns, Hugh Hill, an owner, and track worker Carl Fultz leaned on a fence and marveled at how empty the normally bustling area felt.

“At least right now, this feels like a regular race day,” Fultz said.

“Normally, you could barely get through here at 1 o’clock in the afternoon on Derby day,” Hill said.

Prime trackside spots that are usually reserved days in advance were wide open. While some barbecues smoked and people sipped drinks in folding chairs, there was far less of the typically large contingent of trainer parties, racing workers, owners and friends and family.

p.m. - Scenes from the Paddock

With a little bit of a longer break between races 5 and 6, hundreds of patrons, many maskless, congregated in the Paddock area with their White Claws are other beverages of choice.

As patrons watched the numerous horses being trotted around before race No. 6, one woman sporting a red fascinator that matched her container yelled "Cigars! I've got cigars here" as if she was selling cold beer at a baseball game.

"I'd love one!" a young man replied, carefully observing the box as the woman walked him through the different flavors. He bought two and a lighter.

Also by the paddock were a jockey and a horse — but in costume. Tod Stevens, a Derby regular, said he has shown up as a jockey several times before, this year sporting a checkered pink and black silk and pink helmet. "But I've never had a horse with me."

His friend, Roman from Denver, hoofed in this year, wearing a light brown horse onesie with the animal's head and ears going around his top like a hoodie.

"I've been coming for 30+ years, and I wanted to bring my friend from Denver, and I convinced him into wearing a horse costume," Stevens said, having trouble keeping a straight face and refraining from laughing.

"I thought it was only natural," Roman said. "You can't have a jockey without a horse. It looks out of place!"

p.m. - Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and other celebs

Celebrity sightings were few and far between on Derby Day, as many A-listers stayed home due to the pandemic. Tom Brady, hot off of another Super Bowl Win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, arrived at the Paddock Gate with a small entourage right around 1 p.m.

Other celebrities and notable figures who have been seen so far Saturday at Churchill Downs include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (no, we didn't get a chance to ask about those trade rumors) and NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth (no sign of Al Michaels), along with big local names such as Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra and Andy and Britainy Beshear, the governor and first lady.

 p.m. - The garland arrives

The iconic garland of roses, given each year to the Kentucky Derby's winning horse, has arrived at Churchill Downs.

Four masked guards carrying the gold and glass case that contains the garland brought it into the racetrack just after noon, as onlookers watched.

Who will end up wearing the garland this year? We'll find out at around 7 p.m., when the race takes place. In the meantime, Koolhaus picked up a win in the third race of the day while First Premio won the fourth race. The Kentucky Derby is race No.

Mark Fournet has missed on all four races so far today, but his spirits are still high. Sitting in section with a straw hat and tan sports jacket, he carefully scoured his Derby day racing program: “I’m going to get it right on the fifth try,” he said.

It it his first Kentucky Derby, an item that has been on his bucket list “for more than 30 years.” He came up from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife, Karen.

“It’s a party atmosphere — even more than all the French people in New Orleans — with the hats and the coats and everything else,” he said with smiling eyes.

As for his Derby pick? Hot Rod Charlie, who recently won a major prep race in his home state.

“We gonna bet on that Louisiana Derby winner," Fournet said.

a.m. - Fashion and fun

The paddock had a sizable crowd by a.m., and the fashion on display did not disappoint. Jumpsuits were popular and long gowns were prominent. It seemed like the fans had used the year off from the Derby to take their styles to the next level.

Pam Lincecum, from Perry, Georgia, wore stunning blue hat nearly three feet tall and three feet wide that was adorned with peacock feathers, as she explained that this was her third Kentucky Derby. She was excited for a day filled with fashion and drinks, and she said it was so good to be back in the track.

Even among the high fashion, there was still room for a little humor. Michael Freeze from Philadelphia and Curtis Pavlik from Columbia, Kentucky, walked around the paddock just before noon dressed as jockeys holding signs that said “will ride for beer.” The joke's on them, though. All adult beverages outside of the infield are included with the cost of tickets this year. They don’t even have to ride to get that ice cold beer.

a.m. - And they're off!

Two races are in the books at Churchill Downs, with Ram scoring a win in the opener and longshot Alydiva finishing first in the second race.

Of course, most eyes are on the big race, the Kentucky Derby, which won't start until around 7 p.m. Favorite Essential Quality's odds now sit at , with other contenders such as Rock Your World () and Hot Rod Charlie () drawing plenty of bets as well.

10 a.m. - Gates are open

Sure, we're still more than eight hours away from the big race, but that hasn't stopped some early risers from heading to Churchill Downs.

Fans are back in the stands at the racetrack on a beautiful Saturday morning, with a full day of racing ahead. The first race of the day has a post time set at a.m., while the big one – the $3 million Kentucky Derby – will be run at approximately p.m.

Derby fashion is back as well, although some fans have taken a, um, let's say "unique" approach to a unique event.

Here are a few additional background notes about today's event.

How to watch the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby's estimated post time is p.m. The race will air on NBC, which will begin coverage at p.m. and last through p.m. (Other pre-race coverage will air on NBCSN from p.m. to p.m.)

What's in the Kentucky Derby forecast?

The weather report on Derby Day the past six or seven years has been mixed, at best (there's still a lot of trauma among those who attended the waterlogged Kentucky Derby). But race attendees got lucky this year.

Saturday's Louisville forecast includes clear skies and no rain, with highs in the mids. Sunset will take place at p.m., giving us plenty of time to watch the race in the sun.

The Kentucky Derby field

Essential Quality, trained by Louisville native Brad Cox, is the morning-line favorite after an undefeated run leading up to Saturday's race. But he'll face plenty of competition – other expected contenders include Rock Your World (from trainer John Sadler), Known Agenda (Todd Pletcher) and Hot Rod Charlie (Doug O'Neill). And with a horse field, you can always expect one of the underdogs to be right there with the frontrunners when they're heading down the stretch.

If you're looking to place a wager from home, Churchill Downs' TwinSpires app is your best bet, or you can create a account. TwinSpires is also available to bettors at the racetrack, along with your traditional betting windows.

Essential Quality is the favorite, but who are the experts picking? Follow this link for Courier Journal staff predictions, and don't forget to send us a cut when you win.

Related:Four horses who could beat Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality


Now discussing:

The speed horse in the deep field for the th Kentucky Derby found a path, and Medina Spirit is the winner of the Run for the Roses. Bob Baffert claims the victory as trainer. John Velazquez was the jockey on the Zedan Racing Stables Inc. horse and won his fourth career Derby.

Medina broke free from the gate and had the lead after a furlong, and nearly never relinquished it. He even managed to bring his gate neighbor, the Mandaloun, along for the ride because of his great break and pure speed. Mandaloun briefly had the lead as the field made the clubhouse turn, but he was overtaken by Velazquez and Spirit once again at the top of the stretch and trailed by a half-length at the wire.

The favorite Essential Quality was bumped just coming out of the starting gate, and just didn’t have the kick down the stretch, finishing in fourth place. Mandaloun finished second and Hot Rod Charlie finished third.

8 Medina Spirit $ $ $
7 Mandaloun $ $
9 Hot Rod Charlie $

$ Exacta $
$ Trifecta $
$ Superfecta $9,


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