Medina Spirit Collapses, Dies Right after Santa Anita Exercise session

Kentucky Derby Offered by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Medina Spirit  died soon after a Dec. 6 workout at Santa Anita Park, in accordance to California Horse Racing Board equine health-related director Jeff Blea and Dionne Benson, chief veterinary officer for The Stronach Group, which owns the racetrack.

Blea characterized Medina Spirit’s passing as a unexpected dying. Immediately after observing online video of the incident he stated it looked like a “basic case of a heart attack.” The incident happened on the keep track of, just after the 3-year-aged son of Protonico   done a 5-furlong shift in a handy 1:01 2/5 Monday at Santa Anita. Medina Spirit is owned by Amr Zedan’s Zedan Racing Stables and trained by Bob Baffert.

“We never know the bring about and from time to time even just after the necropsy, we really don’t know,” Benson advised BloodHorse.

Blea mentioned the CHRB has a necropsy application in spot to figure out cause of dying but acknowledged that discovering the induce of these types of sudden death incidents at times prove elusive, with about half remaining a mystery even just after further analyze. In watching movie of the incident, Blea said Medina Spirit completes the exercise routine, is pulled up, then lies down on the track as the rider dismounts.

As is common of any horse loss of life, the CHRB has pulled samples—blood, hair, urine, tissue—that will be despatched to the lab at the University of California-Davis for screening. A assertion from Santa Anita Park stated that the samples ended up right away taken by the track’s veterinary group, led by senior veterinarian Dr. Laurie Bohannon, and sent to the CHRB. A detailed necropsy, as is protocol in California, also will be carried out in an hard work to figure out the result in of demise.

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Santa Anita’s statement also said that the results of the necropsy and toxicology scientific tests will be launched by the CHRB as component of its inquiry into the bring about of death.

“Unexpected deaths get longer than typical necropsy mainly because they are so in depth,” Blea said. “It can be—I’m not likely to give you a number—but I’ve had some deaths that are nicely out of 60 days. It just is dependent on how the forensics and toxicology application is operating, specially with the holiday seasons. It really is tough to predict a day.”

Deaths in racing and schooling are unusual. Amongst individuals incidents, “unexpected deaths” are more scarce than catastrophic damage related with serious limb injuries. Among equine racing deaths in Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in California in which a bring about of death has been assigned by the CHRB considering the fact that Jan. 1, 2020, 13% have been cases of unexpected death.

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(L-R): John R. Velazquez, Amr Zedan and Bob Baffert soon after Medina Spirit wins the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

Although endeavours go ahead to decide a result in of dying, racing has lost a standout horse who also designed headlines following failing a post-race exam soon after the Derby.

“It is with fantastic sadness that I am reporting Medina Spirit passed away currently from a coronary heart attack at Santa Anita adhering to a training,” go through a assertion from Baffert. “My complete barn is devastated by this information. Medina Spirit was a great champion, a member of our relatives who was beloved by all, and we are deeply mourning his reduction. I will generally cherish the happy and particular reminiscences of Medina Spirit and his great spirit. Our most honest condolences go out to Mr. Amr Zedan and the entire Zedan Racing Stables relatives. They are in our views and prayers as we go by this hard time.”

Medina Spirit gained the Could 1 Derby at Churchill Downs but that victory is in concern right after the horse failed a publish-race drug examination when he examined good for betamethasone. Attorneys for Baffert and Zedan have argued that the optimistic was a consequence of an application from an ointment fairly than in injection of the corticosteroid. They mentioned Friday additional tests of the sample in New York gives evidence of that assertion, which they consider really should be exculpatory or mitigating.

Kentucky stewards have not still carried out a hearing.

Though that controversy surrounded the horse, he experienced ongoing to operate effectively. Medina Spirit most just lately completed next in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 6 at Del Mar. Besides that Breeders’ Cup complete, Medina Spirit gained the Magnificent Again Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita in the drop and the Shared Perception Stakes in the summer time at Del Mar. Medina Spirit completed third in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Medina Spirit and jockey John Velazquez win the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again, Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO
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Medina Spirit captures the Awesome Yet again Stakes at Santa Anita Park

Baffert stated the horse was strengthening in the summer and fall.

“I am extremely very pleased of him,” Baffert mentioned right after the Brilliant Yet again. “This is the time of 12 months the 3-12 months-olds capture up to the more mature horses. I’m joyful for Zedan and what we have had to deal with. We stayed concentrated on the horses.

“The supporters arrived out to see this horse and they are rooting for him. I could notify by the group sound. They are all pulling for him. It is really an psychological win for us. (Jockey John Velazquez) can do no matter what with the horse. He can hold out, stalk, no matter what. This horse keeps receiving greater and far better.”

Just before this year’s classics, Medina Spirit gained the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) and concluded 2nd in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1).