Louisville, Kentucky-After Medina Spirit tested positive in a post-match doping test, the victory in the Kentucky Derby was at stake, which prompted Churchill Downs Racecourse to suspend the legendary coach in the latest shocking scandal yesterday Bob Buffett’s game.
Buffett denied any violations of the law and promised to maintain full transparency with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission during the investigation. Buffett’s barn was informed on Saturday that Medina Spirit had detected too high levels of betamethasone, a substance commonly used to treat pain and inflammation in purebred animals.
So far, the spirit of Medina is still effective in defeating Mandalen in the Derby.
Churchill Downs officials said in a statement shortly after Buffett’s press conference: “It is clear that if the findings of the investigation are confirmed, the spirit of Medina will be abolished in the Kentucky Derby. , Mandalen will be declared the winner.” Test results.
With Puerto Rican jockey John Velázquez riding in the saddle, Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby on May 1st, defeating Mandalon by half Time. This is Buffett’s seventh victory in the game and kicked off the triple crown.
Medina Spirit plans to compete in Preakness, the second jewel of the Triple Crown next Saturday, but the plan may change or the authorities of Pimlico Racecourse or the Maryland Equestrian Commission may decide.
The Kentucky Derby said that non-compliance with the drug agreement would endanger the horses and knights, the integrity of the sport, and the reputation of Derby.
They said in a statement: “Churchill Downs will not tolerate it.” “Given the seriousness of the alleged violations, Churchill Downs will immediately suspend the coach of Medina’s spirit, Bob Buffet, in Churchill Downs. Pigeon racing on the race track in S.
Buffett, accompanied by his lawyer Craig Robertson, said that 21 grams of Piqué with the steroid betamethasone was detected in Medina Spirit, twice as much as legally competing in Kentucky.
This is the same substance found in Gamine, another horse trained by Baffert, which won third place in the Kentucky Oaks last September.
Baffert said he didn’t know how Medina’s Spirit could test positive. He emphasized that Medina Spirit had never received betamethasone treatment and described the situation as “completely unjust.”
Bavert said: “I was hit hardest by what I didn’t do.” Bavert promised to be transparent with investigators.
“This shouldn’t have happened,” Buffett said. “There are certain problems. This is not our responsibility.”
Coach Bob Baffert received a notice on Saturday that Medina Spirit had tested positive for betamethasone overdose, which is commonly used to treat pain and inflammation in purebred animals. substance.