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Derby winner Medina Spirit collapses, dies in California

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

Posted: Dec 6, 2021 12:18 PM

AP - 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 confirmed the colt’s death and attributed it to a heart attack. Medina Spirit will undergo a full necropsy, which is required by the California Horse Racing Board. In his last race, Medina Spirit finished second in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar a month ago.

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