Kentucky Derby winner reportedly collapses and dies

According to the Associated Press, ‘Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has collapsed and died after a workout. The colt tested positive after the derby for the topical steroid betamethasone — a legal medication that is not allowed on race day.’

From Associated Press:

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, according to Craig Robertson, Baffert’s attorney. Baffert said in a statment that the horse suffered a heart attack.

“My entire barn is devastated by this news,” Baffert said. “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.”

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

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