” Cancel culture” is at the center of Medina Spirit’s failed drug test.
The winner (with an asterisk) of the 2021 Kentucky Derby failed a post-race drug test, the most recent in a string of controversies surrounding the well-known horseman, and there are doubts whether the colt will run in this weekend’s Preakness Stakes.
When asked whether his horse would be running in the 2nd leg of the horse racing Triple Crown, Baffert admitted he hadn’t heard anything main yet, and he rapidly pivoted to blame Churchill Downs’ declaration and the horse’s failed test on a “various America” and “cancel culture.”
Baffert is the trainer of 2 Triple Crown-winning horses: American Pharaoh in 2015 and Validate in 2018. The failed drug test is absolutely nothing brand-new for Baffert-trained horses: In overall, 30 of Baffert’s horses have been unable to drug tests over the last four years, with Medina Spirit the latest in the queue.
Medina Spirit evaluated favorable for betamethasone, a steroid utilized to lower swelling in joints and muscles. For Medina Spirit to be disqualified, the horse will need to stop working another drug test, the results of which might not be offered for numerous weeks.
If the disqualification stands, this might be the first time a horse has been “canceled in human history.”