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Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Dies Amid Doping Investigation Of High-Profile Trainer Bob Baffert

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Following the horse’s improbable Kentucky Derby win, Medina Spirit was the subject of an ongoing investigation after testing positive for a steroid.
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit died Monday, months after the horse tested positive for an illegal substance following the Derby and sparked a wide-reaching investigation into superstar trainer Bob Baffert and the horse-racing industry as a whole. Medina Spirit did not have the prestigious origin of many other major racing horses, as he was sold for just $1,000 in 2019, generating attention for the rags-to-riches story. The positive press for Medina Spirit’s team did not last long, as a drug test found the horse had twice the legal level of a banned drug at the time of the Derby.

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