The victorious Kentucky Derby Grade One winner has now tested positive for betamethasone. Trainer Bob Baffert made the announcement and it turns out that Medina Spirit could face disqualification from the race. A sample confirms the presence of the drug. It will be Baffert’s fifth medication violation since May 2020. Baffert states that he never treats Medina Spirit with betamethasone. The trainer is to submit Media Spirit’s veterinary record to the commission. Meanwhile, the horse racing betting sites continue to hold the odds and stakes for the upcoming events.
Baffert states that the said drug reduces pain and inflammation in the joints. Previously, Baffert trained Gamine and Charlatan. Both tested positive for Lidocaine back in 2020. Both Gamine and Charlatan were disqualified from their races while Baffert faced a 15-day suspension. On the other hand, he was fined $5000. Later on, Gamine tested positive for betamethasone after completing third in the G1 Kentucky Oaks back in September. The horse was disqualified and the trainer was fined $1500. The fourth positive test came in when Merneith was found for dextrorphan. Merneith completed second at the Del Mar race and Baffert was fined another $2500 for violation.
Bob Baffert Receives Suspension
It turns out that Bob Baffert is suspended once again with immediate effect and is prevented from making entries at Churchill Downs. It is an offense in the horse racing industry as a failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols. Baffert is one of the most recognized trainers in the US, but his repetition in suspension has turned to tarnish his image. Churchill Downs confirmed that Media Spirit’s post-race blood sample indicated a violation. This has been against the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s equine medication protocols. When the situation comes to light, Medina Spirit’s result will be invalid and Mandaloun will be the winner.
The Investigation Goes on
The Horse Racing Commission will continue with its investigation before taking any further steps. At present, Baffert will be unable to enter or have anything to do with Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will come to a conclusion. It is as soon as the results of the spit blood sample are out. According to Baffert, Medina Spirit has never been treated with any medication. He also demanded a DNA analysis and a hair testing sample. Baffert calls this an “injustice”.
Medina Spirit was the winner of the biggest race in America for the owner Amr Zedan. The victory was Baffert’s seventh in the Classic. High-profile post-race positives involving the trainer starting after the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. The horseracing online sportsbook has come a long way despite the pandemic and several other struggles. The Pennsylvania Derby event is all set to take place on September 18 and the American Pharoah Stakes will take place on September 25, 2021.