Medina Spirit passes drug tests and is licensed to operate in Preakness

Medina Spirit passes drug tests and is licensed to operate in Preakness


Medina Spirit # 8, ridden by jockey John Velazquez, (R) crosses the finish line to win the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 01, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Medina Spirit passed three rounds of drug tests and was cleared to run in the Preakness on Saturday.

Maryland racing officials said Friday’s testing of the Kentucky Derby winner and his fellow-trained concertmate Bob Baffert returned with nothing that would cause them to be wiped out of the second stage of the Triple Crown. Baffert’s camp accepted rigorous testing and supervision of their horses as a condition of entry to Preakness.

Medina Spirit has tested positive for the steroid betamethasone in post-Derby testing. If a second round of testing comes back positive, Medina Spirit will be disqualified and Mandaloun will be named the winner of the Derby.

Medina Spirit was picked as the 9-5 morning line favorite for the Preakness and Concert Tour, the runner-up 5-2 in the field of 10.

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