LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Corridor of Fame coach Bob Baffert mentioned Sunday that his barn has been instructed 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 legal professional 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 constructive. He mentioned Medina Spirit has by no means been handled with betamethasone and known as it “a whole injustice.”
“I obtained the most important 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 constructive 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 assessments and processes are accomplished.
“This shouldn’t have occurred,” Baffert mentioned. “There’s an issue someplace. It didn’t come from us.”
Medina Spirit gained 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 continues 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 gained an appeals case earlier than the Arkansas Racing Fee, which had suspended him for 15 days for a pair of constructive drug assessments involving two of his horses that gained at Oaklawn Park on Might 2, 2020. The horses examined constructive for lidocaine, a painkiller, which Baffert mentioned they have been uncovered to inadvertently.
“There’s issues in racing,” Baffert mentioned. “But it surely’s not Bob Baffert.”
The New York Instances mentioned in November 2020 that Baffert-trained horses have failed a minimum of 29 drug assessments in his four-decade profession.
“I’m apprehensive about our sport,” Baffert mentioned. “Our sport, we’ve taken numerous 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.