Jason Frakes, Louisville Courier Journal
Published 11: 03 a.m. ET June 2, 2021 | Up previously 2: 46 p.m. ET June 2, 2021
Trainer Bob Baffert acknowledged Sunday morning Medina Spirit tested obvious for betamethasone after winning the Kentucky Derby on Might possibly possibly presumably also 1 at Churchill Downs, a outcome that in the slay would possibly possibly presumably well possibly outcome in the horse’s disqualification.
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The Sleek York Occasions reported Wednesday a split sample of Medina Spirit’s drug test following the Kentucky Derby confirmed the presence of betamethasone, additional jeopardizing the horse’s residing because the winner of the Saunter for the Roses.
The Sleek York Occasions’ Joe Drape reported lawyer Clark Brewster, who represents Medina Spirit owner Amr Zedan, acknowledged the laboratory at the University of California-Davis confirmed the presence of betamethasone, a corticosteroid.
Whereas lawful as a therapeutic back for horses, betamethasone is illegitimate when learned in the blood on speed day since it’s regarded as a imaginable performance-enhancer.
Medina Spirit coach Bob Baffert announced Might possibly possibly presumably also 9 — eight days after the Kentucky Derby — that Medina Spirit had tested obvious for 21 picograms of betamethasone.
Later that day, Churchill Downs announced Medina Spirit would possibly possibly presumably well possibly be disqualified because the Kentucky Derby winner if a second test — known as a “split sample” — got right here befriend obvious. Runner-up Mandaloun, knowledgeable by Louisville native Brad Cox, would possibly possibly presumably well possibly be declared the winner.
Tonya Abeln, vice chairman of communications for Churchill Downs, acknowledged “Churchill Downs is waiting for unswerving notification of the split sample test results.”
Craig Robertson, Baffert’s lawyer, launched an announcement announcing the split sample confirmed 25 picograms of betamethasone in Medina Spirit’s system.
“There is other testing that is being conducted, alongside side DNA testing,” Robertson wrote. “We ask of this additional testing to substantiate that the presence of betamethasone was once from the topical ointment, Otomax, and not an injection. On the finish of the day, we wait for this case to be regarding the medication of Medina Spirit’s pores and skin rash with Otomax.”
On the origin, Baffert claimed Medina Spirit by no draw had been treated with betamethasone. On Might possibly possibly presumably also 11, two days after his long-established assertion, Baffert acknowledged he had musty Otomax to treat dermatitis on Medina Spirit’s hind finish. Otomax lists betamethasone as an ingredient.
Essentially based on the Sleek York Occasions, Brewster acknowledged “the Kentucky Horse Racing Rate has agreed to send the long-established blood and urine tests to an independent and licensed laboratory for diagnosis to resolve whether or not the specimens hang other ingredients proving the source to be the topical ointment.”
If that’s appropriate, Churchill Downs doubtless would not form a ruling on Medina Spirit’s residing as Kentucky Derby winner unless the outcomes of these tests are on hand.
Only two Kentucky Derby winners be pleased been disqualified in the speed’s 147-yr history. In 2019, Maximum Security crossed the shape line first but was once disqualified after stewards ruled he interfered with other horses on the second turn. In 1968, Dancer’s Image was once disqualified after a put up-speed drug test learned the unlawful drug phenylbutazone.