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Medina Spirit’s 2021 Kentucky Derby win has been nullified and horse trainer Bob Baffert is suspended





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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced Monday that Medina Spiritโ€™s victory at the 2021 Kentucky Derby has been disqualified.

The horse failed a drug test after crossing the finish line first at the Derby.

Medina Spirit died in December. The thoroughbred was finishing a workout when he collapsed near the finish line at the Santa Anita Park racetrack.

The KHRC also announced a 90-day suspension for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who trained Medina Spirit, and fined him $7,500. Baffert said he plans to appeal the decision.

โ€œI am very disappointed in the ruling,โ€ Baffert said in a statement provided by his spokesperson to CNN. โ€œIt runs contrary to the scientifically proven facts in this case and the rules of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. We will be filing an immediate appeal.โ€

The commission said the winnerโ€™s purse of $1.86 million must be returned.

Churchill Downs, where the famed race takes place, said Mandaloun is now the winner of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby.

โ€œToday Churchill Downs recognizes Mandaloun as the winner of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby and extends our congratulations to owner/breeder Juddmonte, trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux,โ€ Churchill Downs said in a statement Monday.

โ€œWinning the Kentucky Derby is one of the most exciting achievements in sports and we look forward to celebrating Mandaloun on a future date in a way that is fitting of this rare distinction.โ€

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