Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s failed drug test ‘is CONFIRMED by second screening’

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Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s failed drug test CONFIRMED: Colt could be disqualified and owner could be forced to forfeit $1.8 million in profit

  • A second blood sample from Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was also found to contain the steroid betamethasone, confirming a previous failed test
  • After a previous failed test, Medina Spirit will likely become the second horse in the 147-year history of the Kentucky Derby to be disqualified for steroids
  • Trainer Bob Baffert previously claimed only 21 picograms of betamethasone were found in the foal’s blood while pointing to a skin salve as the culprit
  • This is Baffert’s fifth violation in the past 13 months. He was previously fined in Kentucky and Arkansas, but managed a ban in Arkansas. to dodge
  • The last Derby winner to be disqualified for failing a drug test was Dancer’s Image, which won in 1968 before an anti-inflammatory was found in his sample

A second blood sample from Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit also contains the steroid betamethasone, confirming a previous failed test and likely sealing the foal’s fate as only the second horse in the race’s 147-year history to be disqualified due to a failed drug test.

An official announcement has not yet been released, but a lab at the University of California, Davis confirmed that a second post-race sample found a banned level of the corticosteroid, which is injected to reduce pain and swelling. Clark Brewster, a lawyer representing Medina Spirit owner Amr Zedan, revealed the failed test to The New York Times.

In a text to the Times, Brewster said the lab has not tested for other compounds in the blood and urine, “which could prove that the positive trace came from an accidental and materially insignificant contamination that came from a topical ointment containing was used to treat Medina Spirit for a skin lesion on his hip.”

A second blood sample from Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit also contains the steroid betamethasone, confirming a previous failed test and likely sealing the foal's fate as only the second horse in the race's 147-year history to be disqualified because of a failed drug test

A second blood sample from Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit also contains the steroid betamethasone, confirming a previous failed test and likely sealing the foal’s fate as only the second horse in the race’s 147-year history to be disqualified because of a failed drug test

Trainer Bob Baffert (L) Jockey John Velazquez (C) and horse owner Amr Zedan hold up the winner's trophy after the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 1.  affert previously claimed that only 21 picograms of betamethasone had been found in Medina Spirit's blood, while suggesting that an ointment used to treat the foal's skin condition likely contaminated the samples.  In a series of interviews, Baffert initially blamed

Trainer Bob Baffert (L) Jockey John Velazquez (C) and horse owner Amr Zedan hold up the winner’s trophy after the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 1. affert previously claimed that only 21 picograms of betamethasone had been found in Medina Spirit’s blood, while suggesting that an ointment used to treat the foal’s skin condition likely contaminated the samples. In a series of interviews, Baffert initially blamed “cancel culture” for the positive test, but has since pointed to the skin ointment as the likely culprit. This is Baffert’s fifth violation in the past 13 months. He was previously fined in Kentucky and Arkansas, but managed to evade a ban in Arkansas after an appeal

Trainer Bob Baffert previously claimed that only 21 picograms of betamethasone were found in Medina Spirit’s blood, while suggesting that an ointment used to treat the foal’s skin condition likely contaminated the samples.

In a series of interviews, Baffert initially blamed “cancel culture” for the positive test, but has since pointed to the skin ointment as the likely culprit. According to Baffert, Medina Spirit was given an antifungal ointment called Otomax, which contained betamethasone.

This is Baffert’s fifth violation in the past 13 months. He was previously fined in Kentucky and Arkansas, but managed to avoid a ban in Arkansas after an appeal.

If Medina Spirit is disqualified, owner Amr Zedan would be forced to part with the winner’s purse of $1.8 million.

The last Derby winner to be disqualified for failing a drug test was Dancer’s Image, which won in 1968 before an anti-inflammatory was found in its sample.

Brewster told the Times that he hoped the Kentucky Derby officials would be lenient.

“If it was accidental contamination, that should be taken into account,” Brewster told The Times in a telephone interview. “We hope reasonable minds and well-meaning regulators can see what it is and what it isn’t, and not get a draconian answer.”

ohn Velazquez embraces Medina Spirit (8) in the circle of winners after the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

ohn Velazquez embraces Medina Spirit (8) in the winners circle after the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby in Churchill Downs

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