Baffert files suit, claims use of cream on Medina’s Spirit wasn’t a violation


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is fighting back (21-CI-456 (Baffert v. KY Horse Racing Commission) Complaint    21-CI-456 (Baffert v. KY Horse Racing Commission) Mtn for Temporary Injunction).

He’s filed a lawsuit in Fayette County Circuit Court seeking more testing on Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit as part of his claims the horse did not violate drug testing because of vagueness in state regulations.

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Following his win in the Kentucky Derby, the colt tested positive for an anti-inflammatory — betamethasone — which isn’t allowed in a horse’s system on race day.

Baffert has argued the substance was in a cream used to treat a skin condition and not from an injection.

He claims in his lawsuit the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s rules don’t specify the application of the drug through a cream is illegal. Baffert contents the urine samples could prove the substance came from an ointment and not an injection.