Steve Kornacki, the NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent, became a viral sensation during election week in November, and since then, he's been part of other NBC broadcasts, including Sunday Night Football.
People latched onto and appreciated Kornacki for several reasons, his trustworthiness, enthusiasm and insightful analysis among them. He and his famous khaki pants returned to the world of sports Saturday for the Kentucky Derby, and fans of his were so excited.
The love for Kornacki remained consistent as he contributed to NBC's broadcast and broke down how and why the odds for the Triple Crown leg changed. As he said Saturday, he's just trying to make sense of all the numbers — something viewers now trust him to do on a variety of subjects.
The Kornacki Derby. 😎@NBCNews’ @SteveKornacki is here at the 147th Kentucky Derby to break down all the latest odds for the big race. pic.twitter.com/i9JqKLm0i5
And then Kornacki's analysis turned out to be perfectly spot on with him correctly predicting Medina Spirit would win the 147th Kentucky Derby with 12-1 odds.
CALLED IT! https://t.co/vkjRGQnzkm
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.
The King of the Kentucky Derby, 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.
Bob Baffert, baby https://t.co/53RfMmEVyH
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.
As I said on the air, if you’re giving me double digit odds on Baffert, I’ll take it! pic.twitter.com/0s4UMbNUCA
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-19 pandemic.
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