Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for drugs just weeks before he won the Kentucky Derby, The New York Times reported. It took the California Horse Racing Board more than a month to confirm results, and it opted to drop the case, the paper said.
CNN News, delivered. Select from our newsletters below and enter your email to subscribe.(CNN)Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for drugs in California weeks before he won the Kentucky Derby last year, The New York Times reported. It said Justify had large amounts of scopolamine in his system, a banned drug that the National Center for Biotechnology Information says can affect performance in horses.If the state's horse racing officials had followed the rules, the failed drug test would have disqualified the 3-year-old chestnut colt from the famous derby, the paper said in the explosive report Wednesday night. But instead, it took the California Horse Racing Board more than a month to confirm the results, and it opted to drop the case after finding out, the paper said, citing reviewed documents. Justify in his barn with trainer Bob Baffert. In addition to not filing a public complaint as it normally would, the board also lowered the penalty for horses that test positive for the same banned substance Justify had in his system, according to the report. In a brief statement to CNN, California Horse Racing Board executive director Rick Baedeker said,"We take seriously the integrity of horse racing in California and are committed to implementing the highest standards of safety and accountability for all horses, jockeys and participants." Read MoreHe said there would be a further response Thursday. Earlier, Baedeker told the Times that regulators acted with caution because the drug is also found in jimson weed, which can grow near dung and become mixed with feed. "There was no way that we could have come up with an investigative report prior to the Kentucky Derby," he told the paper."... That would have been careless and reckless for us to tell an investigator what usually takes you two months, you have to get done in five days, eight days. We weren't going to do that."Jockey Mike Smith and racing horse Justify enter the winners circle at the 143rd Preakness Stakes. Justify won the Santa Anita Derby on April 7 last year, then failed the drug test after that race, according to the paper. It said the lab sent notice of the positive drug test on April 18 and a handful of racing officials and people with ties to the colt knew about it. Just over two weeks later, on May 5, Justify won the Kentucky Derby, the first of the three races that make up the Triple Crown. Rick Sams, who ran the drug lab for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission from 2011 to 2018, told The Times that the drug can be used to clear a horse's airway and improve its heart rate. The excessive amount of scopolamine reportedly found in Justify, he told the paper, indicated the drug was used to enhance performance.CNN has reached out to Justify's trainer Bob Baffert and has not heard back. The colt was retired last year after he won all six annual races including the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. CNN's Joe Sutton contributed to this report Read more: CNN
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