Winner of the Kentucky Derby 147 this year, Medina Spirit died on Monday morning according to the latest sources. The latest sources reveal that he died after working out on Monday morning at Santa Anita Park in California.
The horse was trained by Bob Baffert in California, the California Horse Racing Board’s Equine Medical Director Dr. Jeff Blea confirmed to Ray Paulick. The death of Medina Spirit was confirmed by Santa Anita’s spokesperson Mike Willman. It is a big loss for the racing community who lost the bravest and strongest racehorse on Monday, December 6, 2021.
Medina Spirit Dies After Workout at Santa Anita
Many tweets and condolence can be seen on social media and paying tribute to the horse. One of the Twitter users tweeted,” I have no words. Rest in peace. Medina Spirit. You were the first Kentucky Derby winner I ever got to do photos of while you wore your yellow saddle cloth and thundered around Churchill Downs. My heart is Broken. I love you. big guy”.
Many more netizens came further to show their love towards the racing horse who earned a huge love and respect from others. It is saddened to hear about the sudden demise of the racehorse who won the 2021 Kentucky Derby under suspicious circumstances.
After the investigation, it was not easy to determine that he was the official winner. Not only this but he also achieved second in the 2021 Breeder’s Cup Classic and third in the 2021 Preakness Stakes. The beloved racehorse qualified for the Kentucky Derby by winning in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes and achieved second place in the San Felipe Stakes and Santa Anita Derby.
He was the 3-years-old Colt who won the first leg of the Triple Crown under controversy after testing for the steroid betamethasone following the May 1 race. Later, the result revealed that the positive test was just a result of an ointment, not a steroid injection. Not only Colt but the trainer Bob Baffert also came under intense scrutiny.
Baffert said,” Medina Spirit was a great champion. He was a member of the family who was loved by all and we are mourning his loss. I will always cherish the proud and personal memories of Medina Spirit and his tremendous spirit”.
These are the major victories of Medina Spirit – Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Shared Belief Stakes, Awesome Again Stakes, and American Triple Crown Wins Kentucky Derby in 2021. The whole racehorse community is paying tribute to the legendary Colt. Medina Spirit will be remembered by all.