After Medina Spirit tested positive in a post-race doping test, the victory in the Kentucky Derby was at risk, prompting Churchill Downs Racecourse to suspend the legendary in the latest scandal on Sunday Coach Bob Buffett, which shook the sport.
Buffett denied any violations of the law and promised to be completely transparent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission during the investigation. Bavert’s barn was told on Saturday that Medina Spirit had tested positive for an overdose of betamethasone, a substance commonly used to treat pain and inflammation in purebred animals.
At present, the spirit of Medina’s defeat of Mandalen in the Derby is still valid.
In a statement issued shortly after the announcement and response to a press conference held by Churchill Downs at Barffert, officials of Churchill Downs said: “It is clear that if the findings of the investigation are confirmed, the spirit of Medina will be The Kentucky Derby was abolished and Mandalen will be declared the winner.” Test result.
With Puerto Rican jockey John Velázquez riding in the saddle, Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby on May 1st, beating Mandalon (Mandaloun) Lead by half. 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, subject to sudden changes in plans or decisions made by Pimlico Racecourse or the Maryland State Equestrian Commission.
The Kentucky Derby said that non-compliance with the drug agreement would put horses and riders at risk, 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 violation, Churchill Downs will immediately suspend Medina’s mental coach Bob Buff. (Bob Baffert) races in the pigeonhole at Churchill Downs.”
Buffett, accompanied by his lawyer Craig Robertson, said that 21 grams of the steroid betamethasone was detected in Medina Spirit, twice as much as legal competition 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.
Buffett said: “This shouldn’t have happened. Something went wrong. It was not caused by us.”