KENTUCKY DERBY winner Medina Spirit has examined constructive for banned substances, coach Bob Baffert has confirmed.
Baffert revealed the horse was discovered to have had 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone, double the authorized threshold in Kentucky racing, in a postrace pattern.
It’s the fifth Baffert educated horse to fail a drug take a look at this 12 months, and it’s the similar drug that was present in one other Baffert educated horse Gamine final 12 months.
Based on the New York Instances Baffert educated horses have failed at the very least 29 drug assessments in his 40 years of coaching.
Nevertheless he protested his innocence saying: “I obtained the most important gut-punch in racing, for one thing I didn’t do.”
Medina Spirit received the Derby earlier this month, Baffert’s report seventh success at Churchill Downs.
The horse is because of race within the Preakness, the Triple Crown’s second jewel, on Saturday.
Baffert insisted he will probably be clear with the Kentucky Horse Racing Fee, and added: “I don’t really feel embarrassed, I really feel like I used to be wronged.
“We’re going to point out them every part. One factor about it in California, every part is documented on daily basis what the horse will get. This horse was by no means handled with that. He’s a fantastic horse, he doesn’t deserve this. He ran a gallant race.”
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He added: “This shouldn’t have occurred. “There’s an issue someplace. It didn’t come from us. There’s issues in racing. Nevertheless it’s not Bob Baffert.
“I’m nervous about our sport. Our sport, we’ve taken a whole lot 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.”