Derby winner Medina Spirit collapses, dies in California

Medina Spirit during a practice run before the 147th Kentucky Derby, Photo Date: 4/28/2021

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has collapsed and died after a workout at Santa Anita.

The 3-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert had just completed five furlongs in his second workout since finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Classic a month ago at Del Mar. Baffert's attorney, Craig Robertson, and Santa Anita spokesman Mike Willman confirmed the colt's death.

Medina Spirit will undergo a full necropsy, which is required by the California Horse Racing Board.


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