He added: “I’m worried about the sport,” Baffert said. “It’s a pretty serious accusation. We try to get to the bottom of things. We did not do it.
With the victory of Medina Spirit, Baffert won his seventh Kentucky Derby, surpassing the record set by Ben Jones, who collected his rose covers in 1938, 1941, 1944, 1948, 1949 and 1952.
The positive test, however, adds to the questions surrounding Baffert. Arkansas regulators last month confirmed a ruling that a banned substance was found in two of his horses, but decided to reduce his sentence from a suspension to a fine.
Medina Spirit has tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid injected into the joints to reduce pain and swelling. It’s the same substance found in Baffert’s Gamine last year after the filly placed third in the Kentucky Oaks. Gamine was disqualified and her owners were denied the scholarship for her third place. Baffert was fined $ 1,500.
Baffert has won the hostility of his rivals who believe he has consistently cheated, suspicions fueled by 30 failed drug tests by his horses in four decades, including five in just over a year.