Medina Spirit Officially Stripped Of Kentucky Derby Win

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA - APRIL 3 2016: Entrance to Churchill Downs featuring a statue of 2006 Kentucky Derby Champion Barbaro.

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Medina Spirit has officially been stripped of the 2021 Kentucky Derby title and Mandaloun was declared the new winner.

Mandaloun’s owners will now receive the $1.8 million winner’s purse.

On Monday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced its decision.

Medina Spirit had tested positive after the race last May for the steroid betamethasone. Along with the title being stripped, trainer Bob Baffert will be suspended for 90 days and fined $7,500.

With the news, Medina Spirit becomes only the second horse in the 146-year history of the Kentucky Derby to be disqualified due to a banned substance. The first was Dancer’s Image in 1968.

On December 6, 2021, Medina Spirit collapsed and died following a workout.

According to Baffert, the horse died of a heart attack after completing five furlongs. The 3-year-old colt was completing its second workout since a second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic a month ago.

Medina Spirit had career earnings of $3.5 million and had five wins in 10 career starts.

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