Trainer: Kentucky Derby winner’s failed drug test due to dermatitis treatment

By: Associated Press Wednesday 12 May 2021
  • Bob Baffert says Medina Spirit was given antifungal ointment
  • Victory will be scratched if second test comes back positive
  • Horse will be allowed to run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was treated with an antifungal ointment containing the steroid betamethasone that may have caused the horse to fail a postrace drug test, trainer Bob Baffert said on Tuesday.

In a statement issued by his lawyer, Baffert said Medina Spirit was treated for dermatitis with the ointment once a day leading up to the 1 May race and that equine pharmacology experts have told him this could explain the test results. Baffert said the horse tested positive for 21 picograms of the substance, twice the permitted limit. Betamethasone is typically given to horses therapeutically to help their joints and is a violation even at a trace amount on race day in Kentucky.

Related: Talking Horses: Kentucky Derby drugs positive set to convulse American racing

Official post positions for #Preakness146! pic.twitter.com/oFfcrZZKjA

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

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