LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One day after Medina Spirit was disqualified as winner of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs made a solemn, yet necessary move on Tuesday.
Officials removed Medina Spirit’s name from the wall overlooking the paddock.
The track replaced the 2021 winner with the name of runner-up, Mandaloun, the new victor of the Derby.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s state stewards made their decision to disqualify Medina Spirit after betamethasone was found by a laboratory test for the horse.
The horse’s trainer, Bob Baffert, is also facing penalties with a 90-day suspension starting March 8 and ending June 5, which he plans to appeal.
Baffert is also facing a 2-year suspension from Churchill Downs.