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Bob Baffert makes history with Medina Spirit seventh Kentucky Derby winner


University of Arizona graduate and Nogales native Bob Baffert has trained 17 horses that have finished in the money in the Triple Crown races — nine that have placed first.

Baffert’s Medina Spirit won the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, almost eight months after Authentic placed first for Baffert in the Derby. Baffert now has seven Derby wins, becoming the winningest trainer in the history of the race.

Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez notched his fourth win at the Run of the Roses.

Baffert’s Kentucky Derby winners: Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002), American Pharoah (2015), Justify (2018), Authentic (2020) and Medina Spirit (2021).

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Bob Baffert's Triple Crown In-The-Money Finishes

Arizona grad Bob Baffert's horses that finished in the top three in the Triple Crown races (*denotes Triple Crown winner):
 Kentucky Derby  Preakness Stakes  Belmont Stakes 
1996Cavonnier2nd1997Silver Charm1st1997Silver Charm2nd
1997Silver Charm1st1998Real Quiet1st1998Real Quiet2nd
1998Real Quiet1st2001Point Given1st2001Point Given1st
1998Indian Charlie3rd2001Congaree3rd2012Paynter2nd
2001Congaree3rd2002War Emblem1st2015American Pharoah1st*
2002War Emblem1st2010Lookin At Lucky1st2018Justify1st*
2009Pioneer of The Nile2nd2012Bodemeister2nd
2012Bodemeister2nd2015American Pharoah1st*
2015Dortmund3rd2018Justify1st*
2015American Pharoah1st*2020Authentic2nd
2018Justify1st*
2020Authentic1st
2021Medina Spirit1st

Medina Spirit entered the Derby with the sixth best odds at 12-1, winning over second-place Mandaloun, third-place Hot Rod Charlie and Derby favorite Essential Quality at fourth.

The Preakness Stakes, the second race in the Triple Crown, is scheduled for May 15 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The following is a list of his winners with the year and the races the horses won (including Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify):

SILVER CHARM

1997 — Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes

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REAL QUIET

1998 — Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes

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POINT GIVEN

2001 — Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes

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WAR EMBLEM

2002 — Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes

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LOOKIN AT LUCKY

2010 — Preakness Stakes

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AMERICAN PHAROAH

2015 — Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes

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JUSTIFY

2018 — Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes

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AUTHENTIC

2020 — Kentucky Derby

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MEDINA SPIRIT

2021 — Kentucky Derby

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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