Baffert: Anti-Fungal Meds Given to Derby Winner Had Steroid

“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,” trainer Bob Baffert said.

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Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit walks around the Stakes Barn with assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes after arriving at Pimlico Race Course Monday, May 10, 2021. (Lloyd Fox/The Baltimore Sun via AP)./The Baltimore Sun via AP)
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was treated with an antifungal ointment containing the steroid betamethasone that caused the horse to fail a postrace drug test, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday. In a statement issued by his lawyer, Baffert said Medina Spirit was treated for dermatitis with the ointment once a day leading up to the May 1 race and that equine pharmacology experts have told him this could explain the test results.…

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