Medina Spirit pulled off an upset at the 2021 Kentucky Derby, holding the lead for the majority of Saturday's race on the way to victory.
Bob Baffert, the trainer for Medina Spirit (12-1), set a Kentucky Derby record with his seventh career win at Churchill Downs. Even he appeared stunned with the result during a postrace interview.
"I just can't believe it. It hasn't sunken in yet," Baffert said. "I love the record and all that, but it's one of those things where I'm just so thrilled because, when you win it, you never know if you're going to be back. . . . I couldn't be prouder of my team."
Churchill Downs suspends Baffert for 2 years after Derby drug test confirmed "
Churchill Downs on Wednesday announced it will bar trainer Bob Baffert from all of its racetracks for two years following the news that Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s postrace positive drug test has been confirmed. The racetrack and casino company announced that the suspension begins immediately and will last through the conclusion of the 2023 Spring Meet, meaning that Baffert will be ineligible for at least the next two Kentucky Derby races. Churchill said that neither Baffert “or any trainer directly or indirectly employed by Bob Baffert Racing Stables” will be able to enter horses for races or apply for stalls at CDI-owned tracks, which include the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Calder in Florida and Arlington Park in Illinois. “CDI