Sports Can Medina Spirit still take part in the Preakness? What positive drug test means for next race
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Medina Spirit's positive drug test has, but it also raises a question about the next big event on the racing calendar: Will the horse be allowed to run in the upcoming Preakness Stakes?
The second leg of the Triple Crown is set for May 15 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, but it's not yet clear if the Kentucky Derby champion, who tested positive for the, will be allowed to participate.
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A test showed 21 picograms of the drug, which is permitted in Kentucky as a therapeutic but is not allowed to show up in race-day tests, in Medina Spirit's system.
Results of a second test — required by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to disqualify a horse — are pending, and Medina Spirit's trainer, Bob Baffert, has.
The Maryland Jockey Club, which runs the Preakness,it is "consulting with the Maryland Racing Commission, and any decision regarding the entry of Medina Spirit in the 146th Preakness Stakes will be made after review of the facts.”
The post position draw for the Preakness, from noon Monday to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Pimlico Race Course announced.
Churchill Downs suspends Baffert after failed drug test
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs suspended trainer Bob Baffert from entering horses at the track and suggested that it would invalidate Medina Spirit's Kentucky Derby victory if the results of a failed postrace drug test are upheld. The track said in a statement Sunday that failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols jeopardizes the safety of horses and jockeys, the sport's integrity and the Derby's reputation. “Churchill DownsThe track said in a statement Sunday that failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols jeopardizes the safety of horses and jockeys, the sport's integrity and the Derby's reputation.
But the results of a second drug test can take days or weeks to come back.
A spokesperson for the Maryland Jockey Club did not immediately return a call from The Courier Journal seeking more information on the situation.
Participation in the Preakness is one of many potential consequences for the positive drug test.
If the second test comes back positive, Medina Spirit will no longer be a Kentucky Derby champion. Baffert, a seven-time Derby winner, has already been.
Baffert, for his part, said in the wake of the test result that he still plans to run Medina Spirit in the Preakness.
“He’s still the Derby winner,” he told reporters Sunday, “but we have to go through that process.”
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