Steve Kornacki, NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent, predicted Kentucky Derby winner!
Kornacki broke down how and why the odds for the Triple Crown leg changed and as he said Saturday, he’s just trying to make sense of all the numbers — something viewers now trust him on a variety of subjects.
Kornacki’s analysis turned out to be spot on with him correctly predicting Medina Spirit would win with 12-1 odds.
Medina Spirit, touted as one of the Derby’s “top five or 10 horses” by trainer Bob Baffert earlier in the week, took the lead out of the gate and never let it go in winning Saturday’s Run for the Roses.
Baffert won the first leg of the Triple Crown for the seventh time, breaking a tie with Ben Jones for the most by a trainer in the Derby’s 147-year history.
Jockey John Velazquez and Medina Spirit covered the 1¼ miles on a fast track in 2:01.02 and paid $26.20 on a $2 win bet.
Baffert and Velazquez teamed to win the Derby for the second consecutive year, as Authentic won last year’s race that was delayed until Labor Day weekend because of the COVID pandemic.
Bob Baffert, baby https://t.co/53RfMmEVyH— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) May 1, 2021
As I said on the air, if you’re giving me double digit odds on Baffert, I’ll take it! pic.twitter.com/0s4UMbNUCA— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) May 1, 2021
(via USA Today)