Medina Spirit: Kentucky Derby winner dies at 10

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Medina Spirit won the Pimlico Turf in April

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has died at the age of 10 after contracting a hoof infection, his trainer has confirmed.

New York-based trainer Gary Stevens confirmed the colt, who won the Pimlico Turf in April, had died in a North Carolina hospital.

Medina Spirit won his first race at The Meadowlands in New Jersey as a two-year-old in March 2016.

Stevens told the Lexington Herald-Leader: “The horse took a turn for the worse and passed away.

“We all know the pain of losing a horse. I thought I was prepared to be sad, but this is gut wrenching.”

US horse racing’s governing body, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, tweeted: “Our thoughts are with Gary Stevens, Shelly Moroz and the connections of Medina Spirit.”

Magical Memory, who finished sixth in the 2018 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in the US, is the last unbeaten winner of the 1.5 mile race.

Foul Play, who won the 2,000 Guineas, ended 2017 as Britain’s top-rated horse.

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