Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s failed drug test is confirmed


John Velazquez guides Medina Spirit to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Jamie Rhodes | USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

A second test of blood from Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has confirmed the presence of the banned steroid betamethasone, a lawyer for the horse’s owner told CNBC on Wednesday.

The second positive test increases the risk that Medina Spirit’s victory will be overturned for Kentucky racing officials.

But Clark Brewster, the attorney for the horse’s owner, said that officials are allowing the Medina Spirit team to have another lab analyze a third sample from the horse to determine whether there are chemicals that would support the claim by trainer Bob Baffert that the betamethasone came from an ointment, and not an injection.

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