Wiedmer: Bob Baffert should worry about more than his latest Kentucky Derby win being canceled

Trainer Bob Baffert pets an outrider's horse while watching workouts at Churchill Downs Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

So much for fairytales.

When Medina Spirit won the 147th Kentucky Derby on May 1, it sounded exactly like the kind of feel-good, underdog story that thoroughbred racing so desperately needs to woo back the casual fan for so long lost to the sport.

Yes, his trainer was Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who became the winningest trainer in Derby history when Medina Spirit edged out fellow longshot Mandaloun to give him his record seventh Derby victory.

From that standpoint, calling Medina Spirit's Derby victory a Cinderella story - which Baffert actually did - was kind of like labeling an Alabama football national championship under coach Nick Saban a Cinderella triumph.

But this was also a smallish colt that had originally sold for but $1,000 as a yearling, then resold for all of $37,000 as a two-year-old.