Medina Spirit Kentucky Derby winner to race at Preakness Stakes after passing final drug tests
Somewhere in California, Bob Baffert is breathing. Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit and her teammate Concert Tour team had the opportunity to perform at the Preakness Stakes.
There were doubts about the ponies who took part in Saturday’s race. When he appeared to be the winner of the derby has been positive for the anti-inflammatory betamethasone steroid, cast a shadow over Baffert and the legendary coach was suspended from Churchill Downs.
On Friday, Maryland race officials reported that Medina Spirit passed its second wave of drug tests. The tests were part of it an agreement this was achieved by enabling Baffert’s horses to take part in Preakness. While they passed the tests, the horses could be run.
“While we recognize the difficult circumstances that led to the need for more transparency, it reflects, above all, that the principles of integrity, responsibility and safety in our sport cannot be negotiated,” said Craig Fravel, director of 1 / ST. Racing, part of the team that owns the Baltimore, Preakness site, which owns the Pimlico Race Course. By the hand of ESPN.
Since that’s in the rearview mirror, it’s Baffert’s horse game. Beautiful Gift finished seventh in the dirty Black-Eyed Susan on Friday.
The Medina Spirit will start from 3rd place on Saturday, while the Concert Tour will start from 10th place on the 10-horse field. From this writing, there are two favorites in the race, he had a small margin with the Medina Spirit (9-5) in the Concert Tour (5-2).
Baffert chose to stay home this weekend to avoid distractions, As reported by the Washington Post.