Medina Spirit Dies after Workout at Santa Anita

Medina Spirit collapsed and died after a workout today at Santa Anita, presumably from a cardiac event. The three-year old colt finished first in this year’s Kentucky Derby, but failed a post-Derby drug test, testing positive for betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid used to treat joint pain in horses. “Near the end of his breeze this […]

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Medina Spirit Fails Second Drug Test; Bob Baffert Banned from Churchill Downs

The “B” sample of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for betamethasone, at a prohibited level, putting his Derby win in contention. Trainer Bob Baffert chose a laboratory at the University of California, Davis, from a list of approved labs, to perform the second test. In response to the findings, Churchill Downs immediately […]

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Medina Spirit Fails Post-Derby Drug Test

Medina Spirit Fails Drug Test

Could we have another Kentucky Derby DQ? Medina Spirit has failed a post-Derby drug test, testing positive for betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid used to treat joint pain in horses. Betamethasone is not an illegal drug, but Kentucky restricts its use to more than 14 days before a race. The test showed that Medina Spirit revealed […]

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Derby Upset! Medina Spirit Wins

Derby upset

With all attention focused on Essential Quality, Medina Spirit (12-1) put in a perfect trip, led almost the entire way, and fought off a home stretch challenge by Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie. Essential Quality made a bid on the stretch but finished fourth. In fact the run down the stretch was quite exciting, with […]

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Sale of Bob Baffert’s “Smokey” Raises $80,000 for Old Friends


Bob Baffert’s famous pony horse, Smokey, was auctioned off on December 5th, with the proceeds going to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Home. The 11-year old buckskin gelding sold for $80,000 at an auction by Twombly Performance Horses, a renowned ranch horse operation in the Quarter Horse world that specializes in roping and reining horses. Smokey, […]

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It’s not the crime, it’s the cover up

Justify wins the Belmont

News that Justify failed a drug test after the Santa Anita Handicap — a disqualification which could have left him ineligible to run in the Kentucky Derby had he not placed in another qualifying race — broke on Thursday in the New York Times. The colt tested positive for scopolamine, a banned substance that some […]

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Breeders Cup Classic or Bumper Cars?

This year’s Breeder’s Cup Classic started with a bang. The literal banging of horses bouncing off each other. The eventual winner, Bayern, came out of the gate and immediately veered toward the rail, bumping pre-race favorite Shared Belief, who in turn bumped Moreno. Moreno was supposed to give Bayern a run for the money by […]

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Lookin at Lucky takes the 135th Preakness

Lookin at Lucky got a good trip today in the 135th running of the Preakness and showed everyone why he was the odds on favorite for both the Derby and the Preakness. Super Saver ran out of gas, finishing 8th after starting out strong and First Dude showed both early speed and tenacity despite his […]

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