(Medina Spirit / All Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

The 147th Kentucky Derby is now in the record books, and the “Spirit” of this year’s event was evident is so many different ways. After a year of losing so many people due to this horrific pandemic that we have come to know as COVID-19 and losing so many events and friendships due to isolationism, we are now coming back to normal behavior and times.

And, nothing is more normal that Kentucky becoming alive with the sound of “My Old Kentucky Home,” and the music of horse hooves thundering down the stretch at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

Nothing is more normal than Louisville becoming a hub of activity and fun to celebrate the horse and everything that comes with our love affair with horse racing.

Nothing is more normal than fans crowding into Churchill Downs to watch, wager and witness one of the greatest moments in sports. In our view, the greatest moment in sports. Each and every year.

And, nothing is more normal than seeing trainer Bob Baffert saddle a horse for the annual rite of chasing the greatest dream in the world — the dream of winning the Kentucky Derby.

On Saturday of this year — the first Saturday in May and the very first day of May — Bob Baffert proved that normal is OK. And, that he is OK with normal, too. On Saturday, Bob Baffert made history by winning his 7th Kentucky Derby and becoming the winningest trainer in the history of the most historic horse race ever invented.

On Saturday, Bob Baffert and his 3YO colt, Medina Spirit, won the 147th Kentucky Derby.

Medina Spirit proved that he had plenty of, well, “Spirit.”

And, the return of our Kentucky Derby was full of, well, “Spirit” and “Spirits.”

Here’s a look at Derby 147: through the incredible eyes and lens of our very own Holly M. Smith: