Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will be allowed to run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes despite testing positive for a banned substance.
Craig Robertson, the lawyer for trainer Bob Baffert, said in a statement Tuesday that an agreement has been reached to allow Medina Spirit to run in the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Baffert has agreed to blood testing and a medical review by the Maryland Jockey Club, according to multiple reports.
The Maryland Jockey Club released their own statement confirming the decision.
Medina Spirit tested positive for the anti-inflammatory medication betamethasone after winning the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.
After previously maintaining that Medina Spirit had “never” been treated with that drug, Baffert revealed earlier Tuesday that the horse had been affected by a recent case of dermatitis and been prescribed the anti-fungal ointment Otomax. He claimed to be unaware Otomax contained betamethasone until he was informed on Monday.
Concert Tour, another horse trained by Baffert, also will run Saturday, Robertson said.
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