Coach Bob Buffert said that Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone Sunday morning after winning the Kentucky Derby on May 1 in Churchill Downs, which could ultimately lead to a horse disqualification.
Buffert disputed a positive 21 picogram test result, stating that Medina Spirit had never been treated with betamethasone, which is an anti-inflammatory drug.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission rules require a second positive test, called a split test, before a horse is disqualified.
Yesterday I got the biggest hit in the race for something I didn’t do, Buffet said. This is alarming. This is not fair to the horse.
Churchill Downs released a statement on Sunday clarifying that Medina Spirit will be declared the winner if a second positive test result is obtained.
The statement said, Medina Spirit Communications have the right to request a split sample test and we understand that they intend to do so.
To be clear, if the results are confirmed, the Medina Spirit Kentucky Derby results will be invalidated and Mandaloon will be declared the winner.
In addition, the circuit has barred Buffert from entering Churchill Downs of any horses, which is effective immediately.
Buffet said he still plans to perform at Medina Spirit on Saturday Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore.
The victory for Medina Spirit gave Buffert his seventh victory in the Kentucky Derby, breaking the draw with Ben Jones for the number of coaches in the race’s 147-year history.