Trainer: Kentucky Derby winner faces disqualification due to ‘cancel culture’

By: Tom Lutz Tuesday 11 May 2021
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Bob Baffert, whose horse faces disqualification from the Kentucky Derby after a failed drugs test, has blamed the situation on “cancel culture”.

Medina Spirit won this month’s Derby by half a length at Churchill Downs but on Sunday it emerged the horse had tested positive for double the legal amount of the steroid betamethasone after the race. Churchill Downs has suspended Baffert from entering horses at the track, and indicated it would invalidate Medina Spirit’s victory if the results of the drug test are upheld.

lol Bob Baffert went on Fox News and called the uproar about Medina Spirit's failed drug test is a "cancel culture kind of a thing" pic.twitter.com/aZLeOp8kBz

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Baffert says one test issue was created by a groom urinating in the stall after the groom had been taking cough medicine. Horse ate some of the hay.

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