Sports Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive for anti-inflammatory drug, Bob Baffert calls it 'biggest gut punch in racing'
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Trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday morning Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone after winning the Kentucky Derby on May 1 at Churchill Downs, a result that ultimately could lead to the horse’s disqualification.
Baffert disputed the positive test result of 21 picograms, saying Medina Spirit “has never been treated with betamethasone,” which is an anti-inflammatory drug.
According to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission regulations, a second positive test – called a “split sample” – is required before a horse can be disqualified.
Bob Baffert may be selling Medina Spirit short, but here's why you shouldn't
Medina Spirit lacks the credentials of some of Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby prospects, but he is hard to discount because of his trainer.Such is the depth of Baffert’s barn that he was able to win the Kentucky Derby last year with a colt that may have been his third-best 3-year-old: Authentic. Such is the white-haired wizard’s history at Churchill Downs that the faint praise he has accorded Medina Spirit raises suspicions of sandbagging.
“Yesterday I got the biggest gut punch in racing for something that I didn’t do,” Baffert said. “It’s disturbing. It’s an injustice to the horse.”
Baffert said he still plans to enter Medina Spirit in Saturday’s Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore.
Medina Spirit’s victory gave Baffert his seventh Kentucky Derby win, breaking a tie with Ben Jones for the most by a trainer in the race’s 147-year history.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal:
Medina Spirit passes drug tests, cleared to run in Preakness .
BALTIMORE (AP) — Medina Spirit has passed three rounds of prerace drug testing and been cleared to run in the Preakness on Saturday. Maryland racing officials said Friday tests on the Kentucky Derby winner and fellow Bob Baffert-trained Concert Tour came back with nothing that would cause either to be scratched from the second leg of the Triple Crown. Baffert’s camp agreed to rigorous testing and monitoring of his horses as a condition of entry to the Preakness, after Medina Spirit tested positive for the steroid betamethasone in post-Derby testing.