(AP / WJZ) – Medina Spirit, the scrutinized Kentucky Derby winner who underwent a series of drug tests to run at the Preakness Stakes, collapsed and died after a workout Monday at Santa Anita.
Baffert’s lawyer, Craig Robertson, said the 3-year-old pony trained by Bob Baffert has completed five pulls in his second exercise since finishing second at the Breeders’ Cup Classic a month ago in Del Mar, according to Baffert’s attorney. Craig Robertson, Baffert’s attorney.
Santa Anita spokesman Mike Willman also confirmed the foal’s death.
The foal will undergo a total surgery, as required by the California Horse Racing Board.
Medina Spirit tested positive after the May 1 Derby for betamethasone, a legal drug that is not allowed on race day.
Baffert and the Maryland Jockey Club agreed to test a horse’s blood sample ahead of the second jewel in the race’s Triple Crown. Medina Spirit passed all three of her drug tests before running at Preakness Stake, Maryland racing officials said.
Samples were taken on May 6, May 10 and May 11. At 11-1, Rombauer relieve sadness in the race, overtaking Medina Spirit, who went on to finish third.
Last Friday, Robertson released a statement saying that tests performed by a New York laboratory had “certainly confirmed” Medina Spirit’s positive result for steroids not from the injection but from the injection. ointment used to treat rashes on the skin.
The Kentucky Equestrian Commission is investigating the incident and has yet to hold a hearing that could disqualify Medina Spirit.
Medina Spirit had 5 wins in 10 career starts and made $3,545,200, according to Equibase. The pony is owned by Amr Zedan, who competes as the Zedan Stables.
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