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Churchill Downs Hits Star Trainer With 2-Year Suspension

Bob Baffert will be barred from company tracks after second Medina Spirit drug test confirmed first

(Newser) - After a second test on his Kentucky Derby winner came back positive for a banned steroid, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended by Churchill Downs. The punishment will last till the end of the 2023 spring meet, the Washington Post reports. "Substance violations that jeopardize the...

It's Official: Derby Winner Medina Spirit Failed Drug Test
Derby Winner Medina Spirit
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Derby Winner Medina Spirit Fails 2nd Drug Test

Betamethasone was found at prohibited level

(Newser) - Medina Spirit could go down in history as the second horse to be disqualified from the Kentucky Derby for a failed drug test. Two, in this case. A second sample tested at the request of trainer Bob Baffert has come back positive, says Clark Brewster, a lawyer for Medina Spirit...

'Cancel Culture' Is Off the Hook in Derby Winner's Drug Test

Trainer Bob Baffert says ointment used on Medina Spirit contained steroid

(Newser) - A day after he blamed "cancel culture" for the Kentucky Derby winner he trained flunking a postrace drug test , Bob Baffert has acknowledged that there is a likelier suspect: an ointment that contains the drug Medina Spirit tested positive for. In a statement Tuesday, Baffert said his veterinarian had...

Trump Offers Statement on Kentucky Derby Doping Scandal

As horse trainer blames 'cancel culture'

(Newser) - Bob Baffert blames "cancel culture" for the controversy surrounding the Kentucky Derby win of a horse he trained, Medina Spirit, which flunked a drug test after the race . "We live in a different world now," the trainer told Fox News on Monday. "This America is different....

Kentucky Derby Winner Flunks Postrace Drug Test

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert: 'We didn't do it'

(Newser) - Medina Spirit, the winner of last weekend's Kentucky Derby, has flunked a postrace drug test. The test sample was found to include 21 picograms, twice the legal threshold, of the steroid betamethasone. "I was totally shocked when I heard this news," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert...

12-1 Horse Leads From Start to Finish in Kentucky Derby

Medina Spirit's win is 7th derby victory for trainer Bob Baffert, 4th for jockey John Velazquez

(Newser) - Medina Spirit has won the 147th Kentucky Derby by a half-length over Mandaloun, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the premier race for 3-year-olds, per the AP . The bay colt led the $3 million race from start to finish after going off at 12-1...

Derby Won't Bar Sheikh Over His Daughter's Disappearance

Dubai's ruler is accused of kidnapping his daughter after she tried to flee

(Newser) - No action will be taken against the owner of the favorite in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, despite a complaint filed against him concerning his daughter's disappearance . Human rights lawyers and students from the University of Louisville had asked the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to suspend Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid...

Jacob Blake: 'You Can Change Your Lives Out There'

Kenosha man releases first words from hospital bed as protests rage on elsewhere

(Newser) - Jacob Blake released a message from his hospital bed in which he beseeched viewers to take to heart that "Your life and not only just your life, your legs—something that you need to move around, to move forward in life—can be taken like this, man," said...

Derby Upset Means No Triple Crown Winner

Authentic beat Tiz the Law, who won the Belmont earlier

(Newser) - There will be no Triple Crown winner in the weird world of 2020 sports. Authentic won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, edging out the heavy favorite, Tiz the Law, reports ESPN . This year, the derby actually came after the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Tiz the Law in June....

Kentucky Derby: 'It's Going to Be Weird'

The crowd, and many of the traditions, will be missing this year

(Newser) - Forget the mint juleps in souvenir glasses, men in seersucker suits, and women wearing hats exploding in a floral frenzy. The Kentucky Derby still has horses—Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite in 31 years—but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike any other. "It'...

Kentucky Derby Organizers Do a 180 on Spectators

Decision to allow fans to attend this year's event in September is reversed

(Newser) - Organizers tried to figure out a way to keep the Kentucky Derby horse race safe for fans this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but those efforts have apparently come to naught. Per WLKY , Churchill Downs announced Friday it wouldn't be allowing spectators after all at the Sept. 5 event...

Kentucky Derby Postponed for First Time Since WWII
The Run for the Roses Is Off 

The Run for the Roses Is Off

Coronavirus outbreak expected to delay Kentucky Derby until September

(Newser) - This year will be the first since 1945 that the Kentucky Derby hasn't taken place on the first Saturday in May. Officials confirmed Monday that to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the race will be postponed for the first time since World War II, when restrictions on horse...

Now It's the Jockey's Turn to Get Punished

Kentucky horse officials suspend him for 15 race days

(Newser) - The jockey who rode Maximum Security into infamy at the Kentucky Derby has now been suspended, the Courier-Journal reports. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Sunday suspended Luis Saez for 15 race days, citing "failure to controI his mount" or "maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with...

Video Clears Disqualified Winner, Jockey's Lawyers Say

Racing commission watches film with riders

(Newser) - Video evidence shows jockey Luis Saez wasn't to blame for Maximum Security's disqualification in the Kentucky Derby, the jockey's lawyers say. They turned the video over to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday, the Courier Journal reports. In fact, an attorney for Saez says it shows...

One More Bit of Bad News for Horse Racing Fans

No chance of Triple Crown: Derby winner Country House won't run in Preakness

(Newser) - The odds of a Triple Crown winner sank considerably when Maximum Security was disqualified at the Kentucky Derby. Now, they've disappeared entirely. Derby winner Country House—named the winner after the disqualification—will not run in the Preakness, reports the Daily Racing Form . It quotes trainer Bill Mott as...

Owner of Disqualified Horse Plans to Appeal

And Maximum Security won't race at the Preakness, either

(Newser) - The owner of the horse who was disqualified after finishing first in the Kentucky Derby thinks he got robbed—and he plans to appeal the decision with the state racing commission. "We were stunned, shocked, and in total disbelief," Gary West, owner of Maximum Security, tells NBC News...

Trump Calls Derby Decision 'Political Correctness'

Best horse didn't win, president's tweet says

(Newser) - "The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby," President Trump tweeted Sunday in criticizing the decision to disqualify the apparent winner, the Washington Post reports. Country House was declared the official winner after Maximum Security was disqualified for impeding other horses. "It was a rough and...

Bettors Take $9M Bath After Kentucky Derby Mess

$10 refunds to ease losses on Maximum Security

(Newser) - The Kentucky Derby's decision to name a horse that didn't cross the finish line first the winner hit bettors hard, ESPN reports. Maximum Security finished ahead of the field but was disqualified for interfering with other horses Saturday, which made 65-1 long-shot Country House the official winner. The...

This Has Never Happened in the Kentucky Derby

First-place finisher is disqualified, giving victory to Country House

(Newser) - For the first time in Kentucky Derby history, the horse that crossed the finish line first was disqualified, reports NBC News . As a result, a 65-1 long shot named Country House is the winner. Maximum Security led the entire race and finished first, more than a length ahead of Country...

Kentucky Derby Favorite Just Dropped Out

Omaha Beach is scratched because of a breathing problem

(Newser) - Suddenly, the Kentucky Derby is wide open. Favorite Omaha Beach was scratched because of a breathing problem Wednesday night, leaving a pair of Hall of Famers—trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Mike Smith—on the sideline. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia revised the morning line to make Game Winner the...

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