2021 Kentucky Derby Winner Failed A Postrace Drug Test
The winner of the 147th Kentucky Derby failed a postrace drug test served by the Kentucky Racing Commission.
“Medina Spirit” tested positive for an anti-inflammatory steroid medication.
The State Horse Racing rules require at least a 14-day withdrawal time from the medication.
Any level of drug detection on race day is a violation.
Trainer Bob Baffert says the horse was never treated with the medication.
“Medina Spirit” has not been disqualified, but the investigation into his victory could take months or even years.
The hall of Fame trainer has been suspended and promised to be fully transparent during the investigation.
Medina Spirit is Baffert’s fifth horse known to have failed a drug test in just over a year.
The only horse to be disqualified for medication after winning the Derby is Dancer’s Image in 1968.