Longtime horse owner Bob Baffert is under fire after his horse, Medina Spirit, won the coveted Kentucky Derby. Shortly after the race, it was revealed that Medina Spirit tested positive for an illegal steroid. At first, Baffert denied the test, and said that ‘cancel culture’ was to blame for all the backlash he was receiving.
Bob Baffert, Blames ‘Cancel Culture’ For Steroid Use Backlashhttps://t.co/9t8WOYpl2Z
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On Tuesday, Baffert has a different story. In a statement, Bob Baffert claims that Medina Spirit was given an anti-fungal ointment that unknowingly had the illegal steroid in it.
“While we do not know definitively that this was the source of the alleged 21 picograms found in Medina Spirit’s post-race blood sample, and our investigation is continuing, I have been told by equine pharmacology experts that this could explain the test results,” Baffert said in a new statement, published by the Courier-Journal. “As such, I wanted to be forthright about this fact as soon as I learned of this information.”
BREAKING: Bob Baffert now says an ointment with betamethasone WAS USED on Medina Spirt up until the day before the Kentucky Derby. The horse won the derby. Read Baffert’s statement: https://t.co/POx6h5hhjS
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“As I have stated, my investigation is continuing and we do not know for sure if this ointment was the cause of the test results, or if the test results are even accurate, as they have yet to be confirmed by the split sample. However, again, I have been told that a finding of a small amount, such as 21 picograms, could be consistent with application of this type of ointment. I intend to continue to investigate and I will continue to be transparent,” he continued.
Medina Spirit remains the Kentucky Derby champion, for now. But Bob Baffert has already been suspended from Churchill Downs, and if it’s confirmed that Medina Spirit was, in fact, on steroids, the runner-up in the race will be granted the victory.
I’m not horse racing expert, but it sure sounds like Bob Baffert knows he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. And he’s now throwing any type of BS out there to try to cover himself.