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Medina Spirit wins Kentucky Derby Saturday. Bob Baffert trained the three-year-old brown colt, making him the winningest trainer of the Derby with seven wins. Also, it was the fourth win for John Velasquez, the jockey.
According to the best pay per head sportsbook, Medina Spirit entered the race with the sixth-best odds. It won over Mandaloun in second place, Hot Rod Charlie in third place, and Essential Quality in fourth place.
According to sportsbook pay per head reviews, Essential Quality was the favorite going into the race Saturday. There were more than 50,000 people who watched the Derby at Churchill Downs. It was the most attended event in the United States since the start of the pandemic.
UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum owns Essential Quality. The Kentucky Derby Racing Commission received a complaint against the owner from a group of human rights lawyers. They called for his suspension from the race until he can show that his daughter is still alive.
The racing commission said that the Sheikh didn’t violate any regulations. However, the complainants argued that his human rights violations were against the race commission code that states people who committed undesirable conduct to reflect the integrity and honesty of the sport.
His daughter, Sheikha bint Mohammed Al Maktoum hasn’t been seen in public since March 2018. It was the time when she tried to leave the country. Human rights activists claimed that the prime minister is holding her hostage.
In other Kentucky Derby news, Kendrick Carmouche failed to become the first black jockey to win in more than a century. He was too far from the leaders as Bourbonic came in 13th place.
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