Kentucky Derby winner Madina Spirit fails post-race drug test

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, horse trainer Bob Baffert revealed Sunday morning.

Baffert called the failed post-race drug test for 21 picograms of the substance “shocking”, as he says Medina Spirit has “never been treated with betamethasone.”

“Yesterday I got the biggest gut-punch in racing for doing nothing,” Baffert Told reporters At Churchill Downs in Louisville. “This is disturbing. This is an injustice to the horse. “

The Medina Spirit has not yet been disqualified, Baffert said, as will another sample to be tested. Baffert still plans to play Medina Spirit, the second leg of the triple crown, in next Saturday’s Preakness.

Last year, after Kentucky Oaks, another Bayfurt horse Gamine tested positive for Betamethasone.

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Medina Spirit Trainer Bob Baffert on 1 May 2021 at the Kentucky Derby.
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“I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I know that not everyone is there to get me, but there is definitely something wrong,” Baffert said. “Why is this happening to me? Racing has problems, but it is not Bob Baffert. “

Medina Spirit’s derby victory, jockeyed by John Velasquez, led Buffart to a seventh Kentucky Derby victory as a trainer.

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