Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit dies at 13

Medina Spirit was retired to stud when he won the Wood Memorial Stakes in New York in May

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has died at the age of 13 after a short illness.

The four-year-old had recently been ruled out of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Las Vegas in November after appearing to suffer an injury.

Medina Spirit, whose sire was Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, won the Kentucky Derby and the Wood Memorial Stakes in 2016.

Fellow Kentucky Derby winner Departing also retired in December.

While Medina Spirit went on to win six races in three years at three different tracks, his final race was the £100,000 Virginia Handicap at Atlanta Race Course in Atlanta, Georgia, on 8 November.

Tributes have been paid on social media to the horse, trained by Ron Ellis.

Former jockey Jim Tucker said on Twitter: “First time I sat on him we had a problem. I can remember the day we raced at Aiken, South Carolina. “

Medina Spirit’s jockey was jockey Louis Quiroga.

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