The contested Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, died Monday morning after a training session at Santa Anita Park.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Medina Spirit died today of a heart attack in Santa Anita following a training session,” coach Bob Baffert said in a statement. . “My whole barn is devastated by this news. Medina Spirit was a great champion, a member of our family who was loved by all, and we mourn her loss deeply. I will always cherish the proud and personal memories of Medina Spirit and her spirits. wonderful. Our deepest condolences to Mr. Amr Zedan and the entire Zedan Racing Stables family. They are in our thoughts and prayers as we go through this difficult time. “
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Medina Spirit’s victory in the Kentucky Derby on May 1 at Churchill Downs is contested.
Coach Bob Baffert announced on May 9 that Medina Spirit had tested positive for 21 picograms of betamethasone, which is an approved treatment unless it is found in the blood on race day. Later that day, Churchill Downs announced that Medina Spirit would be disqualified as a Kentucky Derby winner if the horse’s positive drug test was confirmed.
Last week, Baffert’s attorney Craig Robertson released a statement that the Medina Spirit fractional urine sample test was complete and the results definitely confirmed that betamethasone present in Medina Spirit’s system. after the Derby was from the topical Otomax ointment and not from an injection.
“In other words, it has now been scientifically proven that what Bob Baffert has said from the start to be true – Medina Spirit never received an injection of betamethasone and the findings that followed the Kentucky Derby were only the result of treating the horse for a skin condition by topical ointment manner – all under the direction of the veterinarian of Medina Spirit, ”said the statement from Robertson.
Since the controversial Kentucky Derby victory, Medina Spirit has raced four times. The colt finished third in the Preakness Stakes and second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic