Failed Drug Test Confirmed for Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit

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After last year and again this year, the race does not thrill me to watch anymore. Same as politics, rich people cheating to win.


>Clark Brewster, a lawyer who represents Medina Spirit’s owner, Amr Zedan, said a laboratory at the University of California, Davis, testing a second postrace sample from the Derby, confirmed the presence of the drug betamethasone, a corticosteroid that is injected into joints to reduce pain and swelling, at a prohibited level. Baffert chose the lab where the sample was tested. Ha! He requested the lab himself. Guess he won’t be using UC Davis any more. They’re probably “out to get him” too. >In a text message, however, Brewster said the laboratory did not test the blood or urine samples for the presence of other compounds, “which could prove the **trace positive** came from an i**nadvertent and materially inconsequential contamination sourced from a topical ointment** used to treat Medina Spirit for a **skin lesion on his hip**.” Emphasis mine. 1. Prohibited level does not equal “trace.” 2. Blood is usually drawn from the jugular for these tests. It’s a stretch to think any topical medication could’ve come from a lesion on the horse’s hip and somehow contaminate a blood draw from the neck – one that’s taken after wiping several times with alcohol, etc.


This means Mandaloun and his trainer Judd H. Cox will be declared the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby, right? That must be an interesting roller coaster of emotions, especially since they didn’t race Mandaloun at the Preakness.


Another junkie horse exposed. We need a war on horse drugs. /s


Thoroughbred horse racing is rampant with animal abuse.