Baltimore The Medina Spirit approved three rounds of anti-doping analysis and will compete in Preakness, the second game of the Triple Crown this Saturday.
Maryland equestrian officials reported that today’s test of Medina Spirit, the winning Kentucky Derby horse, did not return any results that would ensure his removal from Preakness.
The Concert Tour, another horse trained by Bob Baffert, was also analyzed.
After Medina Spirit tested positive for the steroid betamethasone after the German competition, Baffert and his colleagues agreed to conduct strict testing and strict monitoring of their horses as a condition for signing up for Preakness.
“/Although transparency must be maintained in the harsh environment that leads to challenges, it shows that the principles of integrity, accountability and safety in our sports are not negotiable,” 1 / ST Racing, CEO of Marketing Craig Flawell (Craig Fravel) said. A subsidiary company of the Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico Racecourse, where Preakness is held.
The Madina Spirit team may still be disqualified from the Kentucky Derby. If the second round of Derby testing can also bring positive results, then Mandalen will win.
After the official announcement of the results of the competition, another Derby winner was disqualified from the competition in 1968, when Dancer’s Image was excluded from Preakness.
All horses participating in Preakness will also be tested after the regular season.
The spirit of Medina is to win Preakness’s 9-5 preference. Another horse “Concert Tour” trained by Baffert ranked second among the 10 participants, 5-2.
“Of course, we hope to win the Triple Crown every year, but the tour did not have their chance in Derby, so this is their chance to shine,” said an assistant who participated in the competition at Preakness without Buffet’s absence. Coach Jimmy Barnes (Jimmy Barnes) said. “You must give them a fair chance. The best horse will win.”
Preakness’s competitor trainers don’t care about Baffert’s horse racing.
Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas said he hopes he will still work on the Kentucky Horse Commission to end the controversy surrounding the spirit of Medina, because 21 picograms of steroids have been found in his blood .
“I will definitely tell my colleagues, we just need to eliminate it, we will eliminate it.” Lucas said this week. “You have to put down the Derby champion and move on.
He added that the drug “has no effect on the outcome of the game.”