On Might 9, after asserting the failed drug verify, Baffert acknowledged there was no methodology he or his barn might need been answerable for giving Medina Spirit the steroid, and he vowed to be clear. He gave a sequence of television and radio interviews, floating quite a few theories about how the colt had examined optimistic for betamethasone.
Baffert criticized Churchill Downs’s suspension of him as “harsh,” blamed “cancel tradition” for the controversy and acknowledged racing officers had been out to get him.
The next day, nonetheless, he acknowledged treating Medina Spirit for a rash by way of the usage of an antifungal ointment often called Otomax, which contained betamethasone, every day for various weeks.
Final fall, after a run of high-profile drug violations — 5 in 13 months and 30 whole — Baffert acknowledged he employed Michael Hore, a veterinarian on the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., to ensure rule compliance and the well-being of his horses. Inside the earlier week, nonetheless, Baffert’s lawyer acknowledged that the veterinarian was, in fact, in no way employed.
On the Preakness, Baffert and the householders of Pimlico Race Course acquired right here up with an settlement to allow expanded drug testing as a way of allowing the colt to run. Three rounds of blood and urine had been taken from Medina Spirit for assessments, all of which he handed.
Baffert, nonetheless, stayed away from Baltimore, missing Medina Spirit’s third-place finish and avoiding questions on who prescribed the drug and the way in which prolonged it was utilized to the horse.
Pictures current that betamethasone is clearly labeled on the ointment’s packaging. Veterinarians have acknowledged it’s sometimes used to clear up ear infections in canines and totally different small animals.
Baffert turned down various requests from The New York Occasions to make public his colt’s information.