Baffert is suspended by Churchill Downs for drug positive

Baffert is suspended by Churchill Downs for drug positive
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Churchill Downs Racetrack issued the following statement Sunday after 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone after the race.

It is our understanding that Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s post-race blood sample indicated a violation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s equine medication protocols. The connections of Medina Spirit have the right to request a test of a split sample and we understand they intend to do so. To be clear, if the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun will be declared the winner.

Failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols jeopardizes the safety of the horses and jockeys, the integrity of our sport and the reputation of the Kentucky Derby and all who participate. Churchill Downs will not tolerate it. Given the seriousness of the alleged offense, Churchill Downs will immediately suspend Bob Baffert, the trainer of Medina Spirit, from entering any horses at Churchill Downs Racetrack. We will await the conclusion of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commissions’ investigation before taking further steps.

Read our full story on Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit's drug positive here.

Horse Racing Nation recorded the news conference below:

At this time, Baffert is scheduled to run both Medina Spirit and Concert Tour in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on Saturday, May 15.

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