Bob Baffert, coach of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, stands near the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on April 28, 2021.
Bryan Woolston | Reuters
Churchill Downs Racetrack on Wednesday suspended equestrian trainer Bob Baffert for two years after attorneys said Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a second drug test for a banned steroid.
The suspension means that no horse trained by Baffert or Bob Baffert Racing Stables will be able to ride a track owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated until the Churchill Downs Spring Meeting closes.
Part of that gathering is the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in the horse racing triple crown.
Baffert, whose seven derby wins are the most of all coaches, announced on May 9 that Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, a steroid, in a sample taken on the day of his derby win a week earlier used for therapeutic purposes in horses.
Although this drug is legal for use as a therapeutic on a horse in Kentucky, any trace of it on race day is a reason for disqualification if a second test confirms it was in the blood that day.
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