Trainer: Kentucky Derby winner faces disqualification due to ‘cancel culture’

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The Guardian 10 May, 2021 - 12:01pm 27 views

Did Medina spirit win the Kentucky Derby?

On May 1, Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby by a half-length. Baffert's team learned of the positive result from Kentucky officials on Saturday, he said. The test results were obtained by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday, Marc Guilfoil, executive director of the commission, said in a statement. ABC NewsKentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit fails drug test, trainer says

Why was the Kentucky Derby winner disqualified?

In the end, Maximum Security was disqualified for coming off the rail and impeding the path of the horses chasing him. Country House was declared the winner. For the first time in the history of the race, the horse who crossed the finish line first was disqualified for interference and stripped of his title. The New York TimesKentucky Derby Winner’s DQ Won’t Change the Bets. Here’s Why.

Who owns Medina spirit the winner of the Kentucky Derby?

On 12-1 odds, Medina Spirit was a shock winner of the 146th Kentucky Derby on May 1. The colt was sold as a yearling for only $1,000 and was a bargain for current owner Amr Zedan of Saudi Arabia at $35,000. Sports IllustratedBaffert Denies Administering Drug After Medina Spirit’s Positive Test

What did Medina spirit test positive for?

Here's what we know following Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit's positive drug test. On Sunday morning, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert announced during a press conference at Churchill Downs that his Derby-winning horse Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory drug. Courier JournalHere's what we know following Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit's positive drug test

Medina Spirit won this month’s Derby by half a length at Churchill Downs but on Sunday it emerged the horse had tested positive for double the legal amount of the steroid betamethasone after the race. Churchill Downs has suspended Baffert from entering horses at the track, and indicated it would invalidate Medina Spirit’s victory if the results of the drug test are upheld.

During an appearance on Fox News on Monday, Baffert appeared to suggest he was a victim of larger forces. “Churchill Downs came out with that statement – that was pretty harsh,” said Baffert during an appearance on Fox News on Monday. “With all the noise … We live in a different world now. This America is different. It was like a cancel culture kind of a thing so they’re reviewing it. I haven’t been told anything.”

lol Bob Baffert went on Fox News and called the uproar about Medina Spirit's failed drug test is a "cancel culture kind of a thing" pic.twitter.com/aZLeOp8kBz

Baffert insists he will run Medina Spirit on Saturday in the next leg of US racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. The draw for the race has been moved back to Tuesday as the controversy around Medina Spirit unfolds, although Baffert believes the investigation will take “months” to complete.

Baffert has had at least 30 positive doping tests for his horses, but insisted to Fox that he runs a clean operation.

Baffert also suggested on Monday that Medina Spirit may have tested positive after a groom took cough medicine and urinated on some hay, which the horse then ate.

Baffert says one test issue was created by a groom urinating in the stall after the groom had been taking cough medicine. Horse ate some of the hay.

“We did not cheat to win the Kentucky Derby,” he said. “I want to protect my legacy. I’ve trained great horses. I’ve trained the best horses that have run through there. My record proves it. This is horrible what has happened. The horse never got that medication. It’s an injustice to the horse. He’s a great horse. He ran hard. He deserved to win that race and it kills me because these horses are like my children and for something to happen to him like that is horrible.”

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Baffert: Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive

Associated Press 10 May, 2021 - 01:29pm

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit fails postrace drugs test

FRANCE 24 English 10 May, 2021 - 01:29pm

Medina Spirit, ridden by jockey John Velazquez had secured a half-length victory in the 19-horse Kentucky Derby on May 1.

Baffert's camp were informed of the news by Kentucky officials on Saturday, but the 68-year-old denied giving the horse illegal substances and said the positive test was "the biggest gut punch in racing".

"I was totally shocked when I heard this news," Baffert told a news conference. "I'm still trying to absorb it. I am the most scrutinised trainer. The last thing I want to do is something that would jeopardise the greatest sport.

"This shouldn't have happened. There's a problem somewhere. It didn't come from us. It's such an injustice to the horse. I don't feel embarrassed, I feel like I was wronged."

Last month, Baffert successfully appealed against a 15-day suspension given to him by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses had tested positive for a banned substance.

Baffert said Medina Spirit had not yet been officially disqualified from the Derby and that he would launch his own investigation.

"I'm going to fight it," he added. "There are problems in racing, but it's not Bob Baffert. I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but why is it happening to me?"

In 2015, Baffert-trained American Pharoah became the first horse since 1978 to win U.S. thoroughbred racing's coveted Triple Crown. Baffert celebrated another Triple Crown in 2018 with Justify.

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Former President Trump Reacts To Medina Spirit News

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Sunday morning, news broke that Medina Spirit had tested positive for a banned substance. The Kentucky Derby champion reportedly tested positive for corticosteroid Betamethasone.

Medina Spirit’s trainer, Bob Baffert, is disputing the positive test.

“It’s a complete injustice, and I’m going to fight it tooth and nail,” he said, per Horse Racing Nation.

JUST IN: Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for corticosteroid Betamethasone. Only horse in race to fail test, I’m told.

Tests after Derby take a week. Bettors who bet on Medina Spirit keep their money. Owner, trainer, jockey must return winnings if lose appeal.

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 9, 2021

Donald Trump, who is no longer on Twitter or Facebook, released a statement in reaction to the Medina Spirit news.

“So now even our Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, is a junky. This is emblematic of what is happening to our Country,” Trump said.

“The whole world is laughing at us as we go to hell on our Borders, our fake Presidential Election, and everywhere else!”

Calling a horse a “junky” is quite a statement from the former president of the United States.

Baffert, meanwhile, has been suspended from entering horses at Churchill Downs. Medina Spirit is still scheduled to compete in The Preakness next weekend, though the horse’s status could change in the days to come.

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