Medina Spirit, who failed drug test after winning 2021 Kentucky Derby, dies during workout

Medina Spirit, who failed a drug check after profitable the Kentucky Derby this yr, died throughout coaching Monday morning in California.

The horse collapsed throughout coaching at Santa Anita and suffered an obvious coronary heart assault, mentioned his coach, Bob Baffert.

Baffert mentioned “his complete barn” was devastated by the dying of the 3-year-old foal.

“Medina Spirit was an amazing champion, a member of our household who was liked by all, and we deeply remorse his loss,” Baffert mentioned in an announcement. “I’ll at all times treasure the proud and private recollections of Medina Spirit and his great spirit. Our honest condolences to Mr. Amr Zedan and all the Zedan Racing Stables household.”

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit takes a bathe after a coaching session for the upcoming Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse on Could 11, 2021 in Baltimore.Rob Carr / Getty Picture Archive

The California Horse Racing Board mentioned Medina Spirit was ending his coaching when he collapsed on the end line. He died immediately, the board mentioned.

“All horses that die inside amenities regulated by the California Horse Racing Board bear autopsy examination (necropsy) at a California Animal Well being and Meals Security diagnostic laboratory below the auspices of the College of California at Davis, “the racing board mentioned.

An official explanation for dying awaits examination outcomes and toxicology reviews.

The horse examined optimistic for betamethasone after the Kentucky Derby on Could 1. Betamethasone is a authorized drug that isn’t allowed on race days.

Baffert denied allegations that he had drugged the horse after a break up urine check, saying the drug was in Medina Spirit’s system on account of a topical ointment.

The controversy left a stain on the legacies of Baffert and Medina Spirit. Baffert was suspended from the Churchill Downs monitor for 2 years in June.

Baffert sued for extra proof to indicate that betamethasone had come from the ointment, OTOMAX. The horse was not formally disqualified on the time of his dying, because the investigation was ongoing.

Santa Anita has additionally been the topic of analysis in recent times. California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered an unbiased assessment after 29 horses died on the monitor in 2018 and 2019. A report released last year by the California Horse Racing Board cleared the path of prison wrongdoing, saying there was no proof of animal cruelty or unlawful habits.

Nonetheless, the board advisable a lot of modifications after necropsies discovered that most of the horses that died at Santa Anita had pre-existing issues.

A number of the suggestions included a standardized protocol on when to cease racing, an extra veterinary examination, digitization of horse veterinary data, and extra frequent testing of monitor surfaces.

CORRECTION (December 6, 2021, 9:25 PM ET): An earlier model of this text misspelled the title of the Governor of California. It is Gavin Newsom, not Gavon.

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