Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, who supplied coach Bob Baffert with a report seventh win within the race, has failed a medication 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 obtained the most important 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 optimistic for 21 picograms of the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone, above Kentucky racing’s threshold of ten picograms per millilitre.
“It is such an injustice to the horse. I do not really feel embarrassed, I really feel like I used to be robbed,” stated the California-based coach.
“However I will battle it tooth and nail, as a result of I owe it to the horse; I owe it to the proprietor and I owe it to our business.
“There are issues in racing, nevertheless it’s not Bob Baffert. I do not consider in conspiracy theories, however why is it taking place to me?”
Baffert stated Medina Spirit has not but been formally disqualified from the Kentucky Derby, though that also might occur after different assessments and processes are accomplished.
“This should not have occurred,” Baffert stated. “There’s an issue someplace. It did not come from us.”
Churchill Downs has suspended Baffert from having entries for races.
“If the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s ends in the Kentucky Derby will probably be invalidated and Mandaloun will probably be declared winner,” it stated in an announcement.
“Failure to adjust to the foundations and drugs protocols jeopardises the protection of the horses and jockeys, the integrity of our sport and the status of the Kentucky Derby and all who take part. Churchill Downs is not going to tolerate it.”
The coach final 12 months pledged “to do higher” after plenty of optimistic assessments have been produced from his horses.
Final month he was profitable in overturning a 15-day ban and disqualification of two of his horses – Gamine and Charlatan – after they returned samples containing the illicit raceday medicine lidocaine, which was attributed to cross-contamination from a pain-relief patch worn by the coach’s assistant.
Baffert acquired a $10,000 nice as a substitute.