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Bob Baffert just wins, as Medina Spirit victory shows

From now until he stops training horses, there’s only one thing you need to know on Kentucky Derby Day: Never bet against Bob. 

You’d think we’d have learned our lesson by now. No matter whether Bob Baffert brings expensive horses to Churchill Downs or cheap ones, how they’ve run in the prep races or whether they look like they can get to the 1 1/4-mile distance, they show up on Derby Day. Goodness, do they show up. 

A quarter century after Baffert’s first nibble at horse racing’s most coveted prize when his Cavonnier lost to Grindstone by a nose, there is only one incontrovertible truth in the Derby. Putting your money on anyone but Baffert is probably the first step to lighting it on fire. 

Baffert won his record-breaking seventh Kentucky Derby on Saturday with Medina Spirit, a horse whose breeding was so modest and physical attributes so unimpressive that he drew a single bid for $1,000 at a yearling auction and sold again last summer for just $35,000.

Medina Spirit trainer Bob Baffert celebrates in the winner's circle after winning the Kentucky Derby.

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This spring, as he usually does, Baffert had several flashy-looking colts spread out across the country that seemed more likely to get him to the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs. But for one reason or another, his top prospects all fell by the wayside.

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