He puts the lotion on the horse’s skin.
Medina Spirit, a horse trained by Bob Baffert, won the Kentucky derby on Saturday, May 1, but failed to test drug testing on Sunday, May 9, questioning the legitimacy that Medina Spirit won at Churchill Downs.
Baffert, however, is maintaining his innocence throughout Calvary. On monday He said in a statement from Churchill Downs it was the product of a “culture of abandonment,” and now the controversial horse trainer has revealed why the horse failed the drug test after the race.
The reason: anti-fungal cream.
Bob Baffert’s lawyer, Craig Robertson, said in a statement released by AM that Medina Spirit was treated with an anti-fungal cream containing betamethasone. pic.twitter.com/azxjxAzpKa
– Alicia Hughes (@AHughesTVG) May 11, 2021
Statement in its entirety:
On May 8, 2021, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission informed me that MEDINA SPIRIT tested positive for betamethasone at 21 picograms. On May 9, 2021, I gave a press conference and said that I intended to investigate in depth how this could happen and that I would be completely transparent throughout the process. I started this research right away, and I learned of a source that could produce betamethasone, and now, as promised, I want to learn directly from what I have learned.
After the Santa Anita Derby, MEDINA SPIRIT developed dermatitis in its posterior extremity. He was examined by a veterinarian who recommended the use of an anti-fungal lotion called Otomax. The veterinary recommendation was to apply this ointment daily to give the horse peace of mind, help cure dermatitis, and prevent it from spreading. My barn followed this recommendation and was treated with MEDINA SPIRIT Otomax once a day until the day before the Kentucky Derby. Yesterday, I was informed that one of the substances in Otomax is betamethasone. Although we don’t know for sure what the source of the 21 picograms found in the post-race Medina Spirit blood sample was, and our research continues, experts in equine pharmacology have told me that this may explain the test results. That’s why I wanted to be correct about this event as soon as I heard this information.
Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory used to reduce joint inflammation. There are no official words on whether the ponies will perform at the 2021 Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 15th. Baffert has just said he expects the Medina Spirit race.
Medina Spirit must pass a split-sample drug test before it can be cleared, which can take weeks or more. Baffert’s horses have failed the drug He tried it 30 times since the mid-1990s.
However, Baffert’s explanation is not the most ridiculous one he has offered for the failed test. We will leave this to the groom who drank the cough syrup and peed on the horse grass.