Today on KSR: Bob Baffert wins record-setting Derby; NFL Draft wraps up

Today on KSR: Bob Baffert wins record-setting Derby; NFL Draft wraps up

147th Kentucky Derby
(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
[caption id="attachment_350372" align="alignnone" width="2560"] (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)[/caption] Happy Sunday BBN, and what a Saturday it was. The final rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft finished up, while a historic win at the Kentucky Derby gives Bob Baffert seven career Derby victories. Let's talk about it.


Taking home his seventh Kentucky Derby Victory, Bob Baffert continued his excellence as Medina Spirit (12-1) finished first for the upset victory. With the race coming down to the last second, the favorite, Essential Quality (5/2), came in fourth, behind Mandaloun (31-1) and Hot Rod Charlie (6-1), as none of them were able to catch up to Baffert's Medina Spirit in the last stretch. Baffert passed Ben Jones for most Derby victories by a trainer with seven, while Medina Spirit’s jockey John Velazquez won his fourth, only one behind the Derby record. Churchill Downs announced a combined attendance of 51,838, a year after the 2020 Derby was delayed and held without fans due to COVID-19.


After watching Jamin Davis and Kelvin Joseph get drafted in the first two days of the NFL Draft, Kentucky fans were wondering about the other draft-eligible Wildcats. A few players were selected in rounds 4-7, with Quinton Bohanna teaming up with Joseph again, drafted by the Cowboys No. 192 in the sixth round. This started a run of Kentucky players going in the sixth round, with Brandin Echols falling to the New York Jets at No. 200 while Landon Young got drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 206th pick. Defensive tackle Phil Hoskins was the last UK player drafted, selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 232nd pick in the seventh and final round. There were a few undrafted free-agent signings as well, with AJ Rose signing with the Minnesota Vikings, looking to back-up Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison in their zone-heavy run scheme, while center Drake Jackson signed with Detroit, helping protect Jared Goff.


The Wildcats will look for their first series sweep against a conference opponent this season, as they've won just one series against SEC competition, defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide in mid-March. Kentucky has been desperate for another series victory, especially two weeks before the start of the SEC Tournament, and pulled off the win in game two on Saturday with a chance to sweep the Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Wildcats have one more series left after this weekend, facing the South Carolina Gamecocks at home starting on Friday, with the SEC Tournament scheduled for the week after. If Kentucky can finish out the season winning both series, the team will have caught fire just in time before the Conference Tournament.

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