LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Editor's Note: Video is from May after the announcement of Medina Spirit's failed drug test.
An attorney for trainer Bob Baffert says split-sample urine testing of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has shown that a steroid present in the colt’s system came from a topical ointment and not an injection.
Medina Spirit tested positive for the steroid betamethasone after winning the May 1 race and was facing disqualification.
Churchill Downs imposed a two-year ban on Baffert following the results of a split sample test.
Baffert had said an ointment used to treat the colt for a skin condition daily up until the Derby included the substance.
Baffert's attorney, Craig Robertson, says testing showed Medina Spirit was never injected with a steroid. Instead, the testing confirmed the steroid's presence came from an ointment.