Zedan Racing Stable’s Medina Spirit (Protonico), whose GI Kentucky Derby title however stays in limbo because of to a betamethasone beneficial, returned to the winner’s circle with a wire-to-wire victory in the Shared Belief S. at Del Mar Sunday. The dim bay colt, sent off the 4-5 favored, went quickly to the guide and was tracked by second alternative Rock Your Earth (Candy Journey Arg) by means of a quarter in :22.52 and a fifty percent in :46.92. The two favorites were being swarmed by longshots nearing the extend as GI Santa Anita Derby winner Rock Your Environment drifted out a little bit in higher stretch and Crew Merchants (Nyquist) and Stilleto Boy (Shackleford) exchanged bumps, but Medina Spirit ran straight and true and run home a 1-size winner around the resurgent Rock Your Entire world. Following an inquiry into the infractions in upper extend, the stewards decided Workforce Merchants, who finished fourth, was dependable for the interference with 3rd-place finisher Stilleto Boy and allowed the get of end to stand.
“It’s a relief. A Shared Perception relief,” successful coach Bob Baffert admitted.
Profitable rider John Velazquez explained, “It went the way we wished it. When I created the guide into the initial convert, I felt far better. He was relocating well. When he obtained on the bottom, his ears went up and he was truly cruising. When a horse would appear to him, he’d pick it up on his have. When we got to the quarter pole, I stated, ‘Let’s go time to choose it up.’ And he was appropriate into it. He concluded robust and the gallop-out was potent, way too. He can establish off this race.”
Medina Spirit, who was supplemented to the Shared Perception previous 7 days, was creating his to start with start out since ending third in the May well 15 GI Preakness S. Just a 7 days following he upset the May 1 Kentucky Derby with a wire-to-wire victory at 12-1, trainer Bob Baffert introduced the colt had tested beneficial for the regulated anti-inflammatory betamethasone. His victory remains a concern mark as connections argue the positive was the final result of a pores and skin ointment.
“I did not have any intention of operating him in this race right until a pair weeks in the past,” Baffert mentioned. “I begun imagining about it, figuring it couldn’t arrive up that tricky. Then [son] Bode said, ‘You know Rock Your World’s jogging there?’ For what this horse has absent through, he is such a video game horse and I needed to run him below and see if he likes Del Mar. I’ve never had a Derby winner arrive back again and get right here so that’s a initial. He looks superior and John stated he feels better than ever. You will find even now some fantastic racing for him out there. We’re waiting for the system to transpire.”
Prior to his Derby, Medina Spirit was 2nd driving Lifestyle is Superior (Into Mischief) in the Jan. 2 GIII Sham S. and won the Jan. 30 GIII Robert B. Lewis S. He was next all over again to then-stablemate Lifetime Is Good in the Mar. 6 GII San Felipe S. and entered the Derby off a runner-up energy guiding Rock Your Earth in the Apr. 3 GI Santa Anita Derby.
Sunday, Del Mar
SHARED Belief S., $100,500, Del Mar, 8-29, 3yo, 1m, 1:37.29, ft.
1–MEDINA SPIRIT, 124, c, 3, by Protonico
1st Dam: Mongolian Changa, by Outstanding Pace
2nd Dam: Bridled, by Unbridled
3rd Dam: Holy Niner, by Holy Bull
($1,000 Ylg ’19 OBSWIN $35,000 2yo ’20 OBSOPN). O-Zedan
Racing Stables, Inc. B-Gail Rice (FL) T-Bob Baffert J-John R.
Velazquez. $60,000. Life span Document: 8-4-3-1, $2,345,200.
2–Rock Your Globe, 124, c, 3, Sweet Experience (Arg)–Charm the
Maker, by Empire Maker. ($650,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP). O-Hronis
Racing LLC & Talla Racing LLC B-Ron & Deborah McAnally (KY)
T-John W. Sadler. $20,000.
3–Stilleto Boy, 124, g, 3, Shackleford–Rosie’s Ransom, by
Marquetry. ($420,000 3yo ’21 FTKHRA). O-Steve Moger
B-John & Iveta Kerber (KY) T-Ed Moger, Jr. $12,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 2 1/4, 1. Odds: .90, 1.60, 22.50.
Also Ran: The Terrific Just one, Workforce Merchants, Willy the Cobbler.
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