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Who was Medina Spirit?

Medina Spirit (April 5, 2018 – December 6, 2021) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2021 Kentucky Derby. He also came second in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic and third in the 2021 Preakness Stakes.

Disputed Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit dies after workout

Disputed Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit dies after workout
Disputed Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit dies after workout

Medina Spirit, the disputed winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby, died Monday of a heart attack after a workout at Santa Anita Park, trainer Bob Baffert said.

“My entire barn is devastated by this news,” Baffert wrote in an email. “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.”

According to a statement from Santa Anita Park, a team led by Senior Veterinarian Dr. Laurie Bohannon “immediately took blood, hair and urine samples from Medina Spirit. Those samples were sent to the California Horse Racing Board. A full necropsy, as per protocol in California, run by the University of California-Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine will be performed to try and ascertain the exact cause of this sudden death.”

The CHRC will release the necropsy and toxicology studies at a later date.

Medina Spirit Biography, Wiki

Medina Spirit was a dark bay colt bred in Florida by Gail Rice. He was from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Protonico, who stands at Castleton Farm. Protonica is by Giant’s Causeway, who was a multiple Group I winner in Europe, nicknamed the Iron Horse.

Giant’s Causeway was later a leading sire in North America. Medina Spirit was the first foal produced by Mongolian Changa, a daughter of Brilliant Speed who won one of six starts.

Medina Spirit was foaled on April 5, 2018, on a 10-acre farm in Ocala, Florida. His dam was at first unable to produce milk for him. Rice used some colostrum that had been saved from another mare, providing the foal with crucial nutrients and antibodies. Mongolian Changa soon began to nurse normally and the colt developed into a “standout”, known for his competitive spirit.

Medina Spirit attracted little attention when he has entered the Ocala Breeders Sale of January 2019. He was sold for the minimum of $1,000 (meaning he received only one bid) to Christy Whitman, who later resold the colt to bloodstock agent Gary Young who purchased him for $35,000 for Amr Zedan at the Ocala July Two-Year-Old Sale. 

Zedan had been interested in the colt in part because one of his friends, Oussama Aboughazale, had owned Protonico. Zedan named the horse for Medina, the second holiest city in Islam after Mecca and also the capital of the Medina Province of Saudi Arabia. Medina is the hometown of both Zedan and Aboughazale.

Medina Spirit was sent into training with Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, initially under assistant Mike Marlow. Medina Spirit kept surprising his connections by outworking the more expensive colts that Baffert’s stable is known to attract.

“He reminded me of Silver Charm”, said Baffert, referring to his first Derby winner from 1997. “He doesn’t know how much he cost.”

Medina Spirit traces to the thoroughbred family numbered 2-n and was its first Kentucky Derby winner.

Medina Spirit Biography Wikipedia
Medina Spirit
SireProtonica
GrandsireGiant’s Causeway
DamMongolian Changa
DamsireBrilliant Speed
SexColt
FoaledApril 5, 2018
Ocala, Florida, U.S.
DiedDecember 6, 2021 (aged 3)
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California, U.S.
CountryUnited States
ColorDark bay
BreederGail Rice
OwnerZedan Racing Stables(Bob Baffert)
TrainerBob Baffert
Record10: 5–4–1
Earnings$3,545,200

Medina Spirit Career

In his only race as a two-year-old, Medina Spirit won his debut in a maiden special weight race over 5+12 furlongs at Los Alamitos Race Course on December 11, 2020. He vied for the early lead with Sensemaker, running the first quarter-mile in 22.20. He took the lead turning for home and kicked clear to win by three lengths.

Medina Spirit made his first start as a three-year-old in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park on January 2, 2021. The heavy favorite was Life Is Good, another Baffert trainee who was also coming off a maiden race win.

Life Is Good went to the early lead and set sensible fractions while maintaining an advantage of three to four lengths down the backstretch and into the stretch. Medina Spirit, who had raced in second throughout, made a late run to close to within three-quarters of a length, with the third-place finisher 13 lengths further back.

“They’ve got four months to improve”, said Baffert, referring to the upcoming Kentucky Derby. “We need to let them mature and keep them healthy.”

His next start was in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on January 30, where he went off as the even-money favorite in a field of six. He went to the early lead and turned into the stretch with a one-length lead. Hot Rod Charlie then started to inch closer, closing to within half a length in the midstretch. From further back, Roman Centurion also started to lose ground rapidly.

In a blanket finish, Medina Spirit hung on to win by a neck over Roman Centurion, with Hot Rod Charlie a nose behind in third. “He had every reason to give it up late in the stretch (when) those horses came to him”, Baffert said. “I thought he was beaten. I thought they were going to get by and he wouldn’t let them by.”

Medina Spirit made his next start in the San Felipe Stakes on March 6. He was the second betting choice to Life Is Good, who went to the early lead and was never challenged, winning by eight lengths over Medina Spirit, with Dream Shake third. After the race, Baffert had minor throat surgery performed on the colt to improve his breathing.

He came second again in his final Derby prep, the Santa Anita Derby on April 3. Rock Your World, in his first start on the dirt, unexpectedly went to the early lead and pulled away in the stretch over Medina Spirit with Dream Shake again in third. “The horse ran well,” said jockey John Velazquez, “but the winner took the lead on a fast track and kept running. My horse kept coming and kept coming but couldn’t catch up.”

Medina Spirit Death

Medina Spirit collapsed and died at Santa Anita Park following a five-furlong workout on December 6, 2021; his rider was unhurt. The horse’s preliminary cause of death is a heart attack. Medina Spirit’s trainer Bob Baffert stated that his barn was “devastated” by the news of Medina Spirit’s death, and described the horse as a “member of the family.” 

Medina Spirit’s death also came days after Baffert’s attorney Craig Robertson publicly acknowledged that the betamethasone substance which he was injected with during the 2021 Kentucky Derby was not regulated by Kentucky state rules, but maintained that it was used to treat Medina Spirit’s skin condition and not for performance enhancement. 

His body will undergo “a full and comprehensive necropsy including toxicology, forensics, and tissue sampling,” at the University of California, Davis. He was three.

Medina Spirit FAQ’s

Who was Medina Spirit?

Medina Spirit (April 5, 2018 – December 6, 2021) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2021 Kentucky Derby. He also came second in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic and third in the 2021 Preakness Stakes.

How did Medina Spirit die?

Medina Spirit collapsed and died at Santa Anita Park following a five-furlong workout on December 6, 2021; his rider was unhurt. The horse’s preliminary cause of death is a heart attack.

Who is Medina Spirit’s trainer?

Bob Baffert.

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