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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Sportsman of the Week Ending 5/2/2021
No Kentucky Derby jockey has ever won two Derbies in an eight month span. Leave it to COVID to change that. John Velazquez was brilliant on a second tier horse to win the 2021 Kentucky Derby for Medina Spirit. What's amazing is the similarities to the 2020 Derby ran on Labor Day Weekend. Both times it was legendary Bob Baffert's only entry. Both times the horse wasn't the favorite. Both times, Velazquez led him to victory. Pretty much wire to wire from the Clubhouse turn on. The stretch was harrowing four wide as horses had a clean run, but Velazquez and Medina Spirit would not be denied It was great that fans could see, and Medina Spirit jockey John Velazquez is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!