Zedan Racing Stables’ Medina Spirit earned 10 points on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series after winning the $100,500 Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) at Santa Anita on Jan. 30. The talented sophomore, who came out on top by a hard-fought neck, clocked 1 1/16 miles on the good dirt surface in 1:46.26 with an impressed Abel Cedillo in the stirrups.
"He's a very game horse," said Cedillo. "At the quarter pole, I didn't know, but he looked around and when he saw those horses, he kept going. He didn't get tired at all. On the gallop out, he was by himself."
Medina Spirit has been impressive from the start. The son of Protonico drew off late to a fine win in his debut at Los Alamitos on Dec. 11 while going 5 1/2 furlongs. Sent directly to the graded stakes ranks in his second appearance, the dark bay colt was a closing runner-up to the impressive Life Is Good in the recent Sham S. (G3) at Santa Anita. His career line now reads 3-2-1-0, $105,200.
Bred in the Sunshine State by Gail Rice, Medina Spirit passed through public auction on a pair of occasions. He was a bargain $1,000 purchase as a short yearling at the 2019 OBS Winter Mixed Sale, prior to bringing the gavel down at $35,000 at OBS in July 2020.
The colt is the first black-type star produced from the winning Brilliant Speed mare Mongolian Changa. He is from the same female line as three-time Grade 1-winning millionaire High Yield, who was victorious in the 2000 Fountain of Youth (G1), 2000 Blue Grass S. (G1), and 1999 Hopeful S. (G1).
Medina Spirit has recorded Brisnet Speed figures of 94-97-94 from his trio of assignments to date. The Bob Baffert trainee lacks an abundance of class on his catalog page, but he has stamina influences on both sides of his pedigree, and if any conditioner can get a horse to stretch his distance limitations, it’s Baffert.