Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, who offered coach Bob Baffert with a file seventh win within the race, has failed a medicine check.
Baffert stated he was “shocked” after the horse examined above the restrict for betamethasone and insisted he had by no means administered the substance.
“I acquired the largest intestine punch in racing for one thing I did not do,” he stated.
Medina Spirit, ridden by John Velazquez, won America’s most famous race at Churchill Downs on 1 Could.
Baffert, 68, was the primary coach to win the US Triple Crown for 37 years when American Pharoah accomplished the treble of Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 2015.
The Corridor of Fame coach repeated the hat-trick with Justify three years later.
However on Sunday, he advised reporters that Medina Spirit had examined constructive for 21 picograms of betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory drug.
“It is such an injustice to the horse. I do not really feel embarrassed, I really feel like I used to be wronged. However I will combat it,” he stated.
“There are issues in racing, nevertheless it’s not Bob Baffert. I do not imagine in conspiracy theories, however why is it occurring to me?”