• Bob Baffert suspended by Churchill Downs after Medina Spirit fails drug

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    His horse’s Kentucky Derby win is in jeopardy, but that’s just
    part of the problem Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is dealing
    with on Sunday.

    Churchill Downs has suspended him as well after Medina Spirit
    failed a post-race drug test casting doubt on its victory.

    Baffert told reporters he would be transparent with the Kentucky
    Horse Racing Commission as it investigates the matter and denied
    knowledge of any wrongdoing. The horse tested positive for the
    steroid betamethasone that is used to treat pain and
    inflammation. It was found to have 21 picograms of betamethasone
    in its system, more than double what is allowed.

    “To be clear, if the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s
    results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun
    will be declared the winner,” Churchill Downs officials said in
    a statement.

    “Churchill Downs will not tolerate it. Given the seriousness of
    the alleged offense, Churchill Downs will immediately suspend
    Bob Baffert, the trainer of Medina Spirit, from entering any
    horses at Churchill Downs Racetrack.”

    For now, Medina Spirit will still run in the Preakness Stakes on
    Saturday, unless officials at Pimlico or Maryland’s racing
    commission prevent it from doing so. It is the fifth Baffert
    horse to have failed a drug test in over a year.

    “I got the biggest gut-punch in racing for something that I
    didn’t do,” Baffert said, referring to the failed test. “And
    it’s disturbing. It’s an injustice to the horse. … I don’t know
    what’s going on in racing right now, but there’s something not
    right. I don’t feel embarrassed. I feel like I was wronged.
    We’re going to do our own investigation. We’re going to be
    transparent with the racing commission, like we’ve always been.

    “He’s a great horse. He doesn’t deserve this. He ran a gallant

    https://nypost.com/2021/05/09/churchill-downs-suspends-bob- baffert-after-medina-spirit-drug-test/

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