Medina Spirit is one step closer to becoming the second horse in the history of the Kentucky Derby to be disqualified for a failed drug test.
Following his win at the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby, Medina Spirit — trained by the legendary Bob Baffert — tested positive for having over double the legal amount of the anti-inflammatory betamethasone in his system. Baffert initially denied giving the drug to the horse, before eventually admitting that the anti-fungal ointment Otomax had been applied to Medina Spirit and was more than likely the reason for the positive test:
Following the Santa Anita Derby, MEDINA SPIRIT developed dermatitis on his hind end. I had him checked out by veterinarian who recommended the use of an anti-fungal ointment called Otomax. The veterinary recommendation was to apply this ointment daily to give the horse relief, help heal the dermatitis, and prevent dirt from spreading. My barn followed this recommendation and MEDINA SPIRIT was treated with