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Medina Spirit, the Kentucky Derby-winning horse who got embroiled in a controversy over a failed post-race doping test, collapsed and died Monday after a workout on the Santa Anita Racecourse in California.
The three-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert had just completed five stages in his second training since finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic a month ago in Del Mar, Calif., According to Craig Robertson, the Baffert’s lawyer. Baffert said in a statement the horse suffered a heart attack.“My whole barn is devastated by this news,” Baffert said. “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 its wonderful spirit. “
The foal will undergo a complete necropsy, as required by the California Horse Racing Board.
Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone after the Kentucky Derby on May 1. The drug is a legal medicine which is not allowed on race day. It was Baffert’s record-breaking seventh Derby victory.
Last Friday, Robertson released a statement saying that tests carried out by a New York lab have “definitely confirmed” that Medina Spirit has tested positive for the steroid – not by an injection but because of an ointment used. to treat a rash.
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