Louisville, Kentucky-Winning the Kentucky Derby for the second time in a row is just part of the statement made by jockey John Velázquez. He did it by disappearing like last time.
Velázquez rode the Medina Spirit from start to finish in the 147th game at Churchill Downs last Saturday, shortening Mandaloun’s wingspan by half , While the other two maintained a narrow advantage. Since Victor Espinoza (Victor Espinoza) in 2014 and 2015, his fourth Hall of Fame title in German competitions made him the first rider to win consecutive German competitions. He is California A member of American Pharoah (American Pharoah), the chrome and triple crown winner.
Velázquez’s latest Derby victory came just eight months after he won the quarter-finals (leading from start to finish) in Authentic. He is tied with Bill Shoemaker, second only to Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack, which is the biggest victory of his career.
The 49-year-old Velazquez said: “I never thought that I would win four derby games in the craziest dream.” He also played “Forever Dream” in 2017 and “Animal Kingdom” in 2011. Win the prize.
Velázquez’s victory achieved a rare double at Churchill Downs. In the 25 hours since he won the Kentucky Oaks race in the Malathaat marathon, this made him the first driver to win both the Oaks and Derby championships since Calvin Borel in 2009. And won the seventh place.
Medina Spirit fell from eighth with 12-1 odds. He quickly set the rhythm and continued to stay in the first corner. A favorite of Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie and 5-2 Essential Quality, he gave him one last chance and took four sprints, but the dark brown foal did not look back at the 1-1/4 mile in 2 minutes 01.02 seconds.
Velázquez said: “I just think the only horse that is faster than me is the one that took the lead in Santa Anita last time.” He was referring to the Medina Spirit in Rock and Roll last month. “(Rock Your World) in second place. “But he is not here today. I said, if I run well, I will try to blow it up. If you need to be faster than me, then you can be faster than me. And it works well.”
Born: November 24, 1971 (49 years old) in Carolina, Puerto Rico
Height: 1.68 m
Weight: 49 kg
Kentucky Derby Wins
Year of the horse
2011 Animal Kingdom
2017 always dream
The Spirit of Medina 2021