Kentucky Derby Winning Colt Medina Spirit Dies

Medina Spirit, the winning colt in the last Kentucky Derby, died Monday after training Monday at the Santa Anita Racecourse.

The Bob Baffert-trained three-year-old had just completed five furlons of his second workout after finishing second in the Breeders Cup Classic a month ago at Del Mar, according to Craig Robertson, Baffert’s attorney.


Santa Anita spokesman Mike Willman also confirmed the horse’s death.

Medina Spirit will undergo a full autopsy, something required by the California Horse Racing Commission.

The colt tested positive after the Derby on May 1, detecting betamethasone. It is a legal drug that is not allowed on race days. Baffert set a record with his seventh Derby victory.

Last Friday, Robertson reported that a series of tests in a New York laboratory “definitively confirmed” Medina Spirit’s positive for the steroid that was not applied by injection, but with an ointment used to treat skin rash. .

The Kentucky Racing Commission is still investigating the case and has yet to hold a hearing to possibly disqualify Medina Spirit.

In the Classic of the Criadores Cup, with a purse of 6 million dollars, Medina Spirit was left without strength for the auction against Knicks Go.

“Very proud of him. He had a great career, ”Baffert said last month. “For me, he is the best three-year-old. He proved it today. That’s what horse riding is all about, showing it on the track. And today he showed that he is a real horse ”.

Medina Spirit accumulated five victories in 10 events, pocketing earnings of just over $ 3.5 million, according to Equibase. The horse was owned by Amr Zedan.