Kentucky Derby winning horse Medina Spirit, three-year-old, owned by Amr Zedan, died Monday at the Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California, after workout. The horse collapsed near the finish line and died immediately of a probable cardiac event. “Medina Spirit was a great champion, a member of our family who was loved by all, and we are deeply mourning his loss. I will always cherish the proud and personal memories of Medina Spirit and his tremendous spirit,” its trainer Bob Baffert said in a statement. A necropsy and toxicology tests will be made, required by the California Horse Racing Board. A fact is notable: after crossing the line first in this year’s Kentucky Derby, the horse failed a post-race drug test for betamethasone. At that time, it was claimed an ointment used to treat dermatitis may have caused the positive test and two different laboratories conformed this. However, following Medina’s Kentucky Derby victory back in May, the horse and his trainer became subjects of controversy. The horse was forbidden from running in the Belmont Stakes.
Medina Spirit had five wins in 10 career starts and earnings of $3,545,200, according to Equibase. “Our most sincere condolences go out to Mr. Amr Zedan and the entire Zedan Racing Stables family,” Baffert said in his statement Monday.