Trainer Bob Baffert’s three horses that were scheduled to race at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, passed their drug tests.
Medina Spirit and Concert Tour are scheduled to race in the second stage of the Triple Crown of horse racing on Saturday.
Beautiful Gift took part in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday, but finished far behind the winner.
The horses underwent three rounds of blood tests between May 6 and May 11, and tests showed the animals were free of banned and therapeutic substances, officials said.
A lab is retesting some of this blood sample and the results should take at least four weeks.
Baffert, who does not attend races in Baltimore, has agreed with race organizers that horses will undergo three rounds of out-of-competition blood tests as a prerequisite for the race.
“In accordance with fair procedures and practices established by 1 / ST RACING and (the Maryland Jockey Club), additional testing and monitoring has been carried out under the strict terms of the Entry Agreement to ensure fairness and integrity of races with registered horses. by Baffert, ”the groups said in a statement.
Medina Spirit, who won the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago in a close final, is the betting favorite in the 10-horsepower Preakness field.
On Sunday, Baffert revealed the horse had tested positive for high levels of betamethasone – an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid sometimes used to relieve joint pain in horses – putting the 3-year-old’s Derby victory at risk.
If the positive blood sample is confirmed, Mandaloun, the second winner, will be crowned the winner. The two horses were separated by half a length at the finish line on May 1.
Baffert subsequently made a lengthy statement about what he had said about Medina Spirit.
“Following the Santa Anita derby, Medina Spirit developed dermatitis on her posterior. I had it reviewed by my vet who recommended the use of an antifungal ointment called Otomax. The veterinarian recommendation was to apply this ointment daily to give the horse relief, help heal the dermatitis and prevent it from spreading, ”part of Baffert’s statement read.
“While we are not sure that this was the source of the suspected 21 picograms found in Medina Spirit’s post-race blood sample, and that our investigation is continuing, equine pharmacology experts have told me. said that might explain the test results. such, I wanted to be frank about this fact as soon as I learned of this information, ”the statement added.