DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit held off Rock Your World in the stretch to win the $100,000 Shared Belief at Del Mar on Sunday for embattled coach Bob Baffert.
Medina Spirit raced for the primary time since ending third because the 9-5 favourite in the Preakness on May 15, days after the colt’s medicine optimistic from the Derby on May 1 was revealed by Baffert.
Rock Your World, who beat Medina Spirit in the Santa Anita Derby in April, completed nicely again in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Medina Spirit ran a mile in 1:37.29. He paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Rock Your World returned $2.80 and $2.20, ande Stilleto Boy paid $3.80 to indicate.
Medina Spirit examined optimistic for the corticosteroid betamethasone, which isn’t allowed on race day in Kentucky. His Derby victory stays the topic of a court docket battle.
Baffert is pointing Medina Spirit towards the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on Sept. 25.
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