Steve Kornacki was a late addition to NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby, but the MSNBC political analyst and polling specialist dubbed a “chart-throb” is proving to be a valuable sports asset.
Before the race, 12 NBC correspondents gave their predictions for who would win, and Kornacki was the only person to correctly pick Medina Spirit at odds of 12-1. Kornacki was initially zeroing in on King Fury, but the horse trained by Ken McPeek was scratched with a fever.
“So, who am I going to go with?” Kornacki said as he began to give his pick. “I scoured the board. I have 11 different theories. But here’s one: Bob Baffert. Six-time Kentucky Derby winner, has a horse