Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit is in danger of being disqualified over a failed drug test, and the horse’s trainer Bob Baffert continues to deny any wrongdoing.
Baffert addressed the doping allegation during an appearance on FOX News. He said Medina Spirit was never given the corticosteroid betamethasone, which was found in the horse’s system after the Kentucky Derby.
“People in the public don’t understand. People in my world understand this is all BS,” Baffert said. “Bob Baffert’s not stupid. That’s not a drug that I would use on a horse. We don’t use that drug. The horse never had it in him. We have the documentation. We’re going to show everything.”
Baffert said he hasn’t been told anything about whether Medina Spirit will be allowed to compete in the 2021 Preakness Stakes, which will be held in Maryland on Saturday. He mentioned how Churchill Downs has suspended him indefinitely from entering his horses in any races there and attributed that to “cancel culture.”