Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, who provided coach Bob Baffert with a record-breaking seventh victory in the race, failed a drug test.
Baffert said he was “shocked” after the horse tested above the betamethasone limit and insisted he never administered the substance.
“I had the biggest punch in the race for something I didn’t do,” he said.
Medina Spirit, ridden by John Velazquez, won America’s most famous race at Churchill Downs on May 1st.
Baffert, 68, was the first coach to win the American Triple Crown for 37 years when American Pharoah completed the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes treble in 2015.
The Hall of Fame coach repeated the treble with Justify three years later.
But on Sunday, he told reporters that Medina Spirit had tested positive for 21 picograms of the anti-inflammatory betamethasone, above Kentucky Racing’s ten picograms per milliliter threshold.
“It is such an injustice to the horse. I don’t feel embarrassed, I feel like I’ve been wronged. But I will fight it, ”he said.
“There are problems in the race, but it’s not Bob Baffert. I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, but why is this happening to me? “
Baffert said Medina Spirit has yet to be officially disqualified from the Kentucky Derby, although that could still happen once other tests and processes are completed.
“It shouldn’t have happened,” Baffert said. “There is a problem somewhere. It doesn’t come from us. “
The trainer pledged last year to “do better” after a number of positive tests were produced on his horses.
Last month he succeeded in overturning a 15-day ban and the disqualification of two of his horses – Gamine and Charlatan – after returning samples containing the illegal drug lidocaine on race day, which was attributed to contamination crossed by an anti-pain patch worn by the trainer’s assistant.
Baffert was fined $ 10,000 instead.