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Churchill Downs suspends Baffert after failed drug test

BREAKING: Churchill Downs says Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit could be disqualified after a positive drug test; says it has suspended trainer Bob Baffert.

5/9/2021 7:17:00 PM

BREAKING: Churchill Downs says Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit could be disqualified after a positive drug test; says it has suspended trainer Bob Baffert .

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs suspended trainer Bob Baffert from entering horses at the track and suggested that it would invalidate Medina Spirit's Kentucky Derby victory if the results of a failed postrace drug test are upheld...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs suspended trainer Bob Baffert from entering horses at the track and suggested that it would invalidate Medina Spirit’s Kentucky Derby victory if the results of a failed postrace drug test are upheld.The track said in a statement Sunday that failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols jeopardizes the safety of horses and jockeys, the sport’s integrity and the Derby’s reputation.

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“Churchill Downs will not tolerate it,” the statement said. “Given the seriousness of the alleged offense, Churchill Downs will immediately suspend Bob Baffert, the trainer of Medina Spirit, from entering any horses at Churchill Downs Racetrack.“To be clear, if the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun will be declared the winner.”

The only horse to be disqualified for medication after winning the Derby is Dancer’s Image in 1968.ADVERTISEMENTChurchill Downs’ announcement comes after Baffert announced the failed drug test, which he vowed to fight “tooth and nail.” Medina Spirit is Baffert’s fifth horse to fail a drug test in a year. headtopics.com

Flanked by his attorney Craig Robertson in a morning news conference at Churchill Downs on Sunday, Baffert said his barn was told that Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone, double the legal threshold in Kentucky racing, in a postrace sample in the latest doping scandal for horse racing and arguably the sport’s premier trainer.

“I got the biggest gut-punch in racing, for something I didn’t do,” he said.Baffert said his camp received the word of the positive test from Kentucky officials on Saturday. Baffert said Medina Spirit has not been officially disqualified from the Derby, though that still could happen after other tests and processes are completed.

“This shouldn’t have happened,” Baffert said. “There’s a problem somewhere. It didn’t come from us.”Betamethasone is the same drug that was found in the system of Gamine, another Baffert-trained horse who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks last September.

Baffert denied any wrongdoing and said he did not know how Medina Spirit could have tested positive. He said Medina Spirit has never been treated with betamethasone and called it “a complete injustice.”“I don’t feel embarrassed, I feel like I was wronged,” said Baffert, adding that he was going to be transparent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. headtopics.com

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“We’re going to show them everything. One thing about it in California, everything is documented every day what the horse gets. This horse was never treated with that. He’s a great horse, he doesn’t deserve this. He ran a gallant race.”Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby on May 1 by a half-length over Mandaloun

, giving Baffert his record-setting seventh victory in the race that starts the Triple Crown season. Medina Spirit is still expected to race in the Preakness, the Triple Crown’s second jewel, on Saturday.The colt galloped Sunday at Churchill Downs and is expected to leave the track with stablemate Concert Tour and head to Baltimore on Monday.

Baffert was planning to saddle Medina Spirit and Concert Tour in the Preakness, going for a record eighth victory in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Except for 2020 when the races were run out of order due to the coronavirus pandemic, Baffert is undefeated with a Derby winner in the Preakness, which holds its post position draw Monday.

He heads north under another cloud of scrutiny.Last month, Baffertwon an appeals casebefore the Arkansas Racing Commission, which had suspended him for 15 days for a pair of positive drug tests involving two of his horses that won at Oaklawn Park on May 2, 2020. The horses tested positive for lidocaine, a painkiller, which Baffert said they were exposed to inadvertently. headtopics.com

On Sunday, Baffert was adamant that Medina Spirit was not given betamethasone. He planned to submit hair, blood and DNA samples as part of the process, and stressed that his operation has been careful in following protocols.But as Baffert insisted that horse racing can do better preventing doping, he also acknowledged the spotlight he’s under from the latest episode.

“I’m not a conspiracy theorist,” he said. “I know everybody is not out to get me, but there’s definitely something wrong. Why is it happening? You know, there’s problems in racing, but it’s not Bob Baffert.”The New York Times said in November 2020 that Baffert-trained horses have failed at least 29 drug tests in his four-decade career.

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“I’m worried about our sport,” Baffert said. “Our sport, we’ve taken a lot of hits as a sport. These are pretty serious accusations here, but we’re going to get to the bottom of it and find out. We know we didn’t do it.”___AP Sports Writers Tim Reynolds and Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.

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The cream is a decoy and distraction. Maybe he learned that from watching Lance Armstrong. Dope for performance effect and lie. If caught doping then say oops I used that cream that I forgot contains a small amount of banned substance that has no effect. It's the old 'groomer peed in the hay' excuse! And he should be out

Anybody wearing shades like that Should be investigated for fraud With the acception of Bono Call out the owner of the horse, the jockey and anyone else involved. It obviously wasn't the horse that did that shit to itself. I feel bad for the horse, I don't feel bad for the human excrement surrounding the horse injecting it for their profit. Losers need to be exposed

MedinaSpirit is not the Drug Cheat because she did not have anything to gain. If anything, she would have ended up being humped more often for money. Will the REAL CHEAT please stand up and get stuffed by the horse racing community! Sick disgusting sport. SoundOFF13 Lots of long faces after hearing this news.

SoundOFF13 Horse racing is dying a slow death, due to this kind of stuff. I see he’s taking the formers President’s approach to getting caught red handed. Racing is so cruel. 1000's die each year. When horses are no longer making money, they are sent to auction (slaughter)

Churchill Downs suspends Baffert after failed drug testChurchill Downs suspended trainer Bob Baffert from entering horses at the track and suggested that it would invalidate Medina Spirit's Kentucky Derby victory if the results of a failed postrace drug test are upheld. “Churchill Downs will not tolerate it,' the statement said. Ok

lookner Was Brady involved?😂😂 They should let the jockeys get high and race on sober horses. Why didn’t they get the drug test results before the horses ran the race!? 👀🧐🥴😏 I think horse racing's a shitty sport. That said, BobBaffert is WAY too smart & experienced to do something SO incredibly stupid. I'm more inclined to believe it's either a false positive, or a sabotage. MedinaSpirit kentuckyderby2021

Bob Baffert is a bad horse trainer!! Too many violations and Horse Racing is allowing him to get away with this poor behavior!! BobBaffert Horseracing KentuckyDerby RuthlessPodcast MichaelDuncan ComfortablySmug HolmesJosh 😳 Hahaha get fucked Hunter Riden should be the horses new name

Medina Spirit’s Kentucky Derby win will be invalidated if failed drug test is upheld, Churchill Downs says Medina Spirit's trainer Bob Baffert will be immediately suspended from entering any horses in races at Churchill Downs track, Churchill Downs said. What a colossal scam horse racing is. His trainer Bob Baffert responds as if he doesn’t even know that his horses test positive on a regular basis. What a joke and the reporters who cover horse racing, talk as if it has never happened before.

morgfair Sure you saw... gchiemingo If horse racing a recreational sport, why can’t horses enjoy recreational drugs? Sad—so unfair! i guess the tom brady comparisons were right In Kentucky, even the horses are corrupt. KentuckyDerby Bob Baffert is the Lance Armstrong of horse racing. kampernewsnet They shoikd have been watching that horse closely and the company it keeps

it's about time Say what ? How can this happen again $100 says Baffert is a Republican.... Crook

Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Fails Drug Test, Prompting SuspensionChurchill Downs said it has suspended Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert following the postrace drug test that has put his horse's win in jeopardy. Cryptocurrency for all Bitcoin beginner's !!! are you a Bitcoin Holder, Buyer, Seller or about starting up a trade? Start trading without sending your bitcoin or asset to anyone....but invest it yourself contact and ask sir californiaBTC1 how ? This is getting ugly quick Do you think this is what people really need right now?

Bob Baffert horse tests positive for a possible performance enhancing substance. In other breaking news, scientists have discovered that the surface of the sun is hot .JaniceDean 👀 win at all cost TheTNTrosin 🧐 SCANDALOUS The Kentucky Derby is a sham? What gave it away with all the funny hats and white privilege?

baffert laughs all the way to the banks. Get ready to suspend the entire sport. ‘Could’? Holy crap!😮😮😮😮😲😲😲😲

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit fails drug test; trainer suspendedShortly after trainer Bob Baffert revealed the failed test, Derby host Churchill Downs announced that he had been indefinitely suspended from the track. The horse is probably on crack. The Real Mare of Easttown Shocking...(sarcasm) 10 horses a week died at Santa Anita. Ridiculous. Shut it down. This guy knew what he was doing. They all do. And it's killing horses for sport.

Is it just me or does that guy look like a white haired Jim Jones..? What the fuck did you doooooo, Baffert He looks like every villain from every late-80’s/early-90’s action movie. Could be? How many drug tests can Baffert fail before they finally boot him? Poor horses! Will I get a refund since I would of win

shamardalteam خبر خطير وقوي 🤔 Bob Barffet? End the torture of animals for sport.

Churchill Downs suspends Baffert after failed drug testChurchill Downs suspended trainer Bob Baffert from entering horses at the track and suggested that it would invalidate Medina Spirit's Kentucky Derby victory if the results of a failed postrace drug test are upheld. “Churchill Downs will not tolerate it,' the statement said. Ok

Everyone cheats to win. This guy is the Bill Belichek of horse racing.. this is crazy! Did he cheat in all his wins? Oops. Damn Lmao talk about getting on your high horse I’m not rich enough to know anyone who cares about the Kentucky Derby Such a scandal! and again, like always, the horse goes unpunished. a disgrace to the sport.

Bet he’s trump supporter. so humans aren't the only ones taking drugs?! 🤣🥳 Mike_Gallegos

It's boring to sit at home alone, looking for someone to spend time with Oh, man. Why can't people just play by the rules? Cheating to win? How pathetic is that... Damn almost like its all about money and the exploitation of animals. Isn’t everyone in Kentucky on meth? So....Baffert is the Lance Armstrong of horse trainers.

Wow. The payouts have already been made 5 failed tests in less then a year is way too many OverDrive1050 Nick Cage. HayesTSN odognine2 jamiemclennan29