Medina Spirit stripped of Kentucky Derby title

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Medina Spirit was stripped of the 2021 Kentucky Derby acquire around a positive drug check that was exposed immediately after the race, the Kentucky Horse Racing Fee (KHRC) Board of Stewards declared Monday.

Officials declared Mandaloun the race winner.

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John Velazquez riding Medina Spirit crosses the complete line to win the 147th working of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 1, 2021.
(AP Image/Jeff Roberson, File)

Medina Spirit experienced gained the Kentucky Derby final Could, but a failed drug test set the victory in problem and led to the suspension of trainer Bob Baffert. The horse was discovered to have tested constructive for 21 picograms of betamethasone, which is permitted except it is identified in the horse’s blood on race day.

Baffert described on May well 11 that 21 picograms of betamethasone in the post-race Derby sample might have occur from a fungal ointment meant to address dermatitis. But there was a discussion in excess of whether the betamethasone came from a topical ointment or an injection.


Kentucky Derby hopeful Medina Spirit works out at Churchill Downs on April 27, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kentucky Derby hopeful Medina Spirit performs out at Churchill Downs on April 27, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky.
(AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

The Board of Stewards on Monday identified there was a violation.

As aspect of the ruling, Baffert was suspended for 90 times and fined $7,500.

Clark Brewster, Baffert’s legal professional, released a statement on the ruling.

“We are unhappy by the Commission’s ruling, but not astonished. This ruling signifies an egregious departure from equally the info and the legislation, but the numerous general public statements by KHRC officials over the last numerous months have created beautifully

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