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Medina Spirit could lose Kentucky Derby after post race drug test

John Velazquez riding Medina Spirit leads Florent Geroux on Mandaloun, Flavien Prat riding Hot...
John Velazquez riding Medina Spirit leads Florent Geroux on Mandaloun, Flavien Prat riding Hot Rod Charlie and Luis Saez on Essential Quality to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Louisville, Ky.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Updated: May. 9, 2021 at 4:16 PM MDT
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(AP) - Medina Spirit’s victory in the Kentucky Derby is in serious jeopardy because of a positive post-race drug test.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert called a news conference Sunday to announce that Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone in a post race sample. That’s double the legal threshold in Kentucky racing.

Churchill Downs immediately suspended Baffert and said Medina Spirit would be disqualified if the drug findings were upheld.

Baffert denied all wrongdoing and promised to be fully transparent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission during its investigation.

Medina Spirit is Baffert’s fifth horse known to have failed a drug test in just over a year.

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