Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, who offered coach Bob Baffert with a file seventh win within the race, has failed a medicine take a look at.
Baffert stated he was “shocked” after the horse examined above the restrict for betamethasone and insisted he had by no means administered the substance.
“I acquired the largest intestine punch in racing for one thing I did not do,” he stated.
Medina Spirit, ridden by John Velazquez, won America’s most famous race at Churchill Downs on 1 Might.
Baffert, 68, was the primary coach to win the US Triple Crown for 37 years when American Pharoah accomplished the treble of Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 2015.
The Corridor of Fame coach repeated the hat-trick with Justify three years later.
However on Sunday, he instructed reporters that Medina Spirit had examined optimistic for 21 picograms of the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone, above Kentucky racing’s threshold of ten picograms per millilitre.
“It is such an injustice to the horse. I do not really feel embarrassed, I really feel like I used to be wronged. However I’ll struggle it,” he stated.
“There are issues in racing, but it surely’s not Bob Baffert. I do not imagine in conspiracy theories, however why is it occurring to me?”
Baffert stated Medina Spirit has not but been formally disqualified from the Kentucky Derby, though that also may occur after different assessments and processes are accomplished.
“This should not have occurred,” Baffert stated. “There’s an issue someplace. It did not come from us.”
The coach final 12 months pledged “to do higher” after quite a lot of optimistic assessments have been produced from his horses.
Final month he was profitable in overturning a 15-day ban and disqualification of two of his horses – Gamine and Charlatan – after they returned samples containing the illicit raceday remedy lidocaine, which was attributed to cross-contamination from a pain-relief patch worn by the coach’s assistant.
Baffert acquired a $10,000 nice as a substitute.