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Couch: Racing’s Problem Isn’t The Horse, It’s the Horse’s Ass

What happens if Medina Spirit comes down the stretch in the lead at the Preakness Saturday, goes all-out, thanks to not feeling the pain in his legs and then. . .snaps his leg? Breaks down? What happens if Medina Spirit dies Saturday? Do you realize how close this entire sport of horse racing is to dying, too? It’s so galling to hear Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, horse racing’s Big Dope, say he’s standing up for the horse. He doesn’t seem to realize that no one is accusing Medina Spirit of doing anything wrong. The other horses aren’t smirking as Medina Spirit walks past, thinking, “What a cheat. He is ruining things for the rest of us.’’ Medina Spirit failed a doping test after winning the Kentucky Derby, but no one needs to stand up for the horse’s integrity. “Medina Spirit is a deserved champion,’’ Baffert said after changing course and admitting that he had administered an ointment with a banned performance-enhancing steroid. Baffert said he didn’t know the substance was in the ointment he was using for Medina Spirit’s dermatitis. He said the steroid didn’t help the horse win. “I will continue to fight for him,’’ Baffert said. […]



Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.