Ashes of Medina Spirit to be interred in Kentucky

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The ashes of disqualified 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will be interred at a retirement farm for thoroughbred horses in Kentucky.

Old Mates reported Friday the colt’s ashes will be interred in a memorial backyard along with 1999 Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic and 2002 Derby winner War Emblem.

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The farm will host an open dwelling on April 5 for enthusiasts to take a look at the gravesite.

Medina Spirit collapsed and died right after a workout on Dec. 6 at Santa Anita in California. He was trained by Bob Baffert, who also experienced War Emblem. A necropsy on Medina Spirit showed no definitive trigger of loss of life, according to the California Horse Racing Board, which released the success of the examination before this month. The colt was cremated.

FILE - John Velazquez riding Medina Spirit crosses the finish line to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in this Saturday, May 1, 2021, file photo. 

FILE – John Velazquez using Medina Spirit crosses the end line to get the 147th functioning of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in this Saturday, Could 1, 2021, file image. 
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“Medina Spirit was cherished deeply by us and absolutely everyone at the barn,” Baffert and his spouse Jill mentioned in a statement. “We grieve his loss, but choose comfort realizing he will be buried amid some of racing’s all-time greats at Old Good friends.”

Before this 7 days, Medina Spirit was stripped of his victory in previous year’s Kentucky Derby by the Kentucky Horse Racing Fee. The colt tested beneficial immediately after the race in May for a steroid, betamethasone, that is authorized in Kentucky but banned on race day. Baffert was subsequently banned for two years by Churchill Downs.

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Mandaloun, the 2nd-spot finisher, was elevated to very first location. An lawyer for Baffert explained an charm is planned.

Amr Zedan, whose Zedan Racing owned the colt, explained, “He introduced us wonderful pleasure for the duration of his time, and we will endlessly cherish his breathtaking get in the Kentucky Derby. Medina Spirit really had the coronary heart of winner, and it is quite comforting to know that he will be laid to rest with lots of of racing’s greats and the superb people today at Aged Close friends Farm.”

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