Medina Spirit dies after suffering a heart attack. The doping scandal involving the Kentucky Derby winner was triggered by a workout. A Bob Baffert-trained colt (3 years old) tested positive for banned substances in May

  • Medina Spirit (the Kentucky Derby winner disputat) died after suffering an apparent heart attack.
  • Bob Baffert trained colt 3 rammed a five-furlong session at California Santa Anita Park, before succumbing to an unknown heart attack Monday 
  • Medina Spirit had a positive test for betamethasone (a banned drug) in May. The horse was removed from the Belmont Stakes.
  • Clark Brewster, Attorney said that a New York Racing Laboratory sample was taken and supported the defence that Medina Spirit wasn’t injected.
  • Brewster stated that the betamethasone found in the skin of the 3-year-old was confirmed by a split-sample test. 
  • Churchill Downs banned Baffert for two years after he was a Kentucky Derby winner seven times. Baffert has faced doping accusations in recent years.

Multiple reports claim that Medina Spirit (the disputed Kentucky Derby winner) has passed away from an apparent heart attack after a California training session.

According to Thoroughbred Daily News, the Bob Baffert-trained colt just finished a five-furlong exercise at Santa Anita Park. The report was confirmed by by Dionne Benson and Jeff Blea, California Horse Racing Board’s Equine Medical Director. 

“I heard it.” TDN’s owner Amr Zedan said that the victim suffered from a cardiac arrest. He didn’t have to suffer. It’s unfortunate. There is nothing we can do in a situation like this. He gave us the best ride and brought people together. Bob is in our hearts. [Baffert]Johnny, my team, and I. [Velazquez]You are, too. It is very difficult for us all to be so sad.

It was unclear at this time what caused the heart attack. 

Benson said to BloodHorse, “We don’t have a cause, and sometimes even after the necropsy we don’t understand,” 

Medina Spirit, the disputed Kentucky Derby winner at the center of horse racing's doping scandal, has died from an apparent heart attack following a training session in California

Medina Spirit was the Kentucky Derby winner who has been accused of doping. She died after an apparently heart attack during a California-based training session.

Trainer Bob Baffert (L) Jockey John Velazquez (C) and Horse Owner Amr Zedan hold up the winners trophy after the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1,

Bob Baffert, Trainer (L), Jockey John Velazquez(C), and Amr Zedan, Horse Owner, hold the trophy of the Kentucky Derby winners after the 147th Running at Churchill Downs.

Bob Baffert led Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit back to the barn on the morning after the race. Medina Spirit is Baffert's seventh Kentucky Derby winner on May 2

Bob Baffert brought Medina Spirit, the Kentucky Derby winner, back to the barn the day after the race. Baffert is the seventh Kentucky Derby winner with Medina Spirit on May 2.

Medina Spirit was found to have tested positive for betamethasone in May. She was therefore banned from participating in Belmont Stakes. This is the final leg in the Triple Crown.

Clark Brewster is an attorney representing Zedan Racing. He said that the New York Racing Laboratory tested the sample and found no evidence of betamethasone injection. Brewster confirmed the presence of betamethasone in the dog’s three-year old by performing a split-sample test.

The statement stated that the Kentucky Racing Commission had’steadfastly adopted rules relating corticosteroid joint injection and have drawn a brightline rule that injectables cannot be done within 14 days following a race’.

“Now, there’s no doubt that some 14-day rule was violated by earlier, more specific testing. This is premature judgment. This baseless claim is not supported by scientific evidence.

Churchill Downs ban Baffert after the failed drug testing.