Medina Spirit heads to Preakness, minus trainer Bob Baffert

  • Charlie Riedel / Associated Press file

    Trainer Bob Baffert watches workouts at Churchill Downs last month in Louisville, Ky., prior to the Kentucky Derby.

  • Brynn Anderson / Associated Press file

    Jockey John Velazquez onboard Medina Spirit gives a thumbs up after winning the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 1 in Louisville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit is headed to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes while trainer Bob Baffert said Monday that he won’t attend the race to avoid being a distraction in the wake of scrutiny following the colt’s failed postrace drug test.

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