LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Corridor of Fame coach Bob Baffert mentioned Sunday that his barn has been advised Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug take a look at, the newest doping scandal for horse racing and arguably the game’s premier coach.
Flanked by his lawyer Craig Robertson in a morning information convention at Churchill Downs on Sunday, Baffert mentioned Medina Spirit was discovered to have 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone, double the authorized threshold in Kentucky racing, in a postrace pattern.
That’s the similar drug that was discovered within the system of Gamine, one other Baffert-trained horse who completed third within the Kentucky Oaks final September.
Baffert denied any wrongdoing and mentioned he didn’t understand how Medina Spirit may have examined optimistic. He mentioned Medina Spirit has by no means been handled with betamethasone and referred to as it “an entire injustice.”
“I received the largest gut-punch in racing, for one thing I didn’t do,” mentioned Baffert, who vowed to be clear with racing investigators.
Baffert mentioned his camp obtained the phrase of the optimistic take a look at from Kentucky officers on Saturday. Baffert mentioned Medina Spirit has not but been formally disqualified from the Kentucky Derby, although that also may occur after different exams and processes are accomplished.
“This shouldn’t have occurred,” Baffert mentioned. “There’s an issue someplace. It didn’t come from us.”
Medina Spirit received the Kentucky Derby on Might 1 by a half-length over Mandaloun, giving Baffert his recordsetting seventh victory within the race that begins the Triple Crown season. Medina Spirit remains to be anticipated to race within the Preakness, the Triple Crown’s second jewel, on Saturday.
“He ran a gallant race,” Baffert mentioned.
Final month, Baffert received an appeals case earlier than the Arkansas Racing Fee, which had suspended him for 15 days for a pair of optimistic drug exams involving two of his horses that received at Oaklawn Park on Might 2, 2020. The horses examined optimistic for lidocaine, a painkiller, which Baffert mentioned they had been uncovered to inadvertently.
“There’s issues in racing,” Baffert mentioned. “However it’s not Bob Baffert.”
The New York Instances mentioned in November 2020 that Baffert-trained horses have failed a minimum of 29 drug exams in his four-decade profession.
“I’m nervous about our sport,” Baffert mentioned. “Our sport, we’ve taken a variety of hits as a sport. These are fairly critical accusations right here, however we’re going to resolve it and discover out. We all know we didn’t do it.”
AP Sports activities Author Tim Reynolds contributed.