Trainer Bob Baffert, who finds himself in the middle of a horse racing doping scandal, made the rounds on the morning shows where over and over he said his Kentucky Derby-winning Medina Spirit is the victim of cancel culture. Baffert, whose horses have now failed five drug tests in just over a year, has been suspended by Churchill Downs, meaning he will not be allowed to enter horses into races at the track for the duration of the suspension.
All of this drama surrounding Baffert comes as the drug betamethasone — used to reduce pain and swelling — was found in a Medina Spirit blood sample. Baffert says the horse wasn’t treated with the drug and added Monday that the horse was in a van on its way to Baltimore for the Preakness, which is scheduled to be run Saturday at Pimlico. The Preakness has yet to say whether they’ll allow Baffert to enter the horse.
Baffert: My horse is a victim of cancel culture pic.twitter.com/PgWWtiidAI
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) May 10, 2021
“I was totally shocked when I heard this news,” Baffert said during a Sunday press conference. “I am the most scrutinized trainer. And I am OK with that. The last thing I want to do is something that would jeopardize the greatest sport. I’m worried about the sport. This is a pretty serious accusation. We’re going to get to the bottom of it. We didn’t do it.
“There’s problems in racing. But it’s not Bob Baffert.”
Bob’s horses have now failed at least 29 drug tests during his four-decade career as a trainer. In one of the cases, Bob blamed a groom who took a leak on hay in a horse stall. The horse, Baffert claims, then ate the hay and tested positive.
In a wild twist, Bob’s now telling outlets that cancel culture is behind a movement to ban Medina Spirit from racing Saturday in Baltimore. Or it could be that regulators want to make sure they don’t have a betting circus on their hands.
Keep in mind those people holding Mandaloun — who finished second in the Derby at 25-1 — are not in line to get paid for winning the race if Medina Spirit is disqualified. Bob can blame cancel culture all he wants. People just want to make sure they’re getting paid if their horse played by the rules.
Bob Baffert is the Barry Bonds of Lance Armstrongs.
— Kevin Cox (@brooklyncowboy1) May 9, 2021