Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed postrace drug test

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Controversy has clouded over Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit and his trainer, Bob Baffert.

Baffert announced on Sunday that his barn has been informed that Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone, which is double the legal threshold in Kentucky racing.

The sample was taken in a postrace drug test and is the same drug that was found in the system of Baffert-trained horse Gamine last September after the horse finished third in the Kentucky Oaks.

Baffert said he did not know how Medina Spirit could have tested positive, adding the horse has never been treated with betamethasone.

“I got the biggest gut punch in racing, for something I didn’t do,” Baffert said at a news conference Sunday alongside his attorney, Craig Robertson. “This shouldn’t have happened. There’s a problem somewhere. It didn’t come from us.

The Hall of Fame trainer will likely appeal the case, but must return his winnings — along with the owner and jockey — if he does not win the appeal.

Bettors who won money on Medina Spirit get to keep their money regardless.

Baffert was successful last month in an appeal to the Arkansas Racing Commission, which suspended him 15 days after a pair of positive drug tests involving two of his horses at Oaklawn Park in May of last year.

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