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Rombauer steals the spotlight at Preakness

Rombauer steals the spotlight at Preakness

With all eyes on controversial Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, 11-1 longshot Rombauer made a late move to win the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown.

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Horse racing-Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit clears final drug test for Preakness

Horse racing-Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit clears final drug test for Preakness

The Bob Baffert-trained horse tested positive for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone after winning the first of the three famed Triple Crown races on May 1, raising questions over whether the three-year-old colt would be allowed to race at Pimlico Race Course. Medina Spirit was cleared to compete after “undergoing three rounds of out-of-competition blood sample testing as part of the condition of entry,” Pimlico owner Stronach Group said in a statement. Baffert, one of the most recognizable figures in the world of professional horse racing with a record seven Kentucky Derby titles, said the prior failed drug test may have been due to the use of an anti-fungal ointment.

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Medina Spirit targets Preakness under doping cloud

Medina Spirit targets Preakness under doping cloud

Drug-tainted Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will attempt to claim the second leg of US horse racing's Triple Crown on Saturday as the 146th Preakness Stakes takes place in Baltimore under a cloud of doping intrigue.

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Horse racing-Medina Spirit cleared to compete in Preakness Stakes

Horse racing-Medina Spirit cleared to compete in Preakness Stakes

(Reuters) -Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, the Bob Baffert-trained horse which failed a drug test after its May 1 triumph, is eligible to compete in Saturday's Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Jockey Club said on Tuesday. If the horse's positive test for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone is confirmed, Churchill Downs said it will strip Medina Spirit of its Kentucky Derby win and the racetrack has already banned Baffert from entering horses there. The controversy surrounding Medina Spirit's positive test raised questions about whether the three-year-old colt would be allowed to compete in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

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Medina Spirit will compete in Preakness Stakes, Derby win still in doubt

Medina Spirit will compete in Preakness Stakes, Derby win still in doubt

Medina Spirit will run in the Preakness Stakes despite a positive test for a regulated substance at the Kentucky Derby.

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Baffert says anti-fungal medication might have caused doping

Baffert says anti-fungal medication might have caused doping

Bob Baffert, trainer of doping-hit Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, said Tuesday the horse was given an anti-fungal medication that might have caused the positive test that has jeopardized the victory.

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Baffert rips 'cancel culture' after Derby doping positive

Baffert rips 'cancel culture' after Derby doping positive

Legendary trainer Bob Baffert insisted he was innocent of wrongdoing on Monday in the wake of the failed drugs test against Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit that has left US racing in turmoil.

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Kentucky Derby: What happens to bets if Medina Spirit's win is overturned?

Kentucky Derby: What happens to bets if Medina Spirit's win is overturned?

If Medina Spirit is stripped of the 2021 Kentucky Derby victory, second-place Mandaloun would be deemed the winner but bettors on Mandaloun would still be out of luck.

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Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive for banned substance

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive for banned substance

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for a banned substance, trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday, and the horse could be stripped of its history-making victory.

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Horse racing: Derby winner Medina Spirit in peak form says Baffert

Horse racing: Derby winner Medina Spirit in peak form says Baffert

Trainer Bob Baffert, who won a record-setting seventh Kentucky Derby with Medina Spirit last week, said the dark bay colt had another light workout on Thursday and is currently in peak form ahead of next week's Preakness Stakes. Baffert said it takes about a week to determine if a horse will be ready in time for the Preakness Stakes but that Medina Spirit came out of the Kentucky Derby well, has jogged for two consecutive days and he sees no discouraging signs. “I'll know by the weekend how he is doing but so far he is actually handling it pretty well,” twice Triple Crown winner Baffert, who is scheduled to return to Louisville over the weekend, said on a conference call.

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Horse racing-Medina Spirit delivers trainer Baffert record seventh win at Kentucky Derby

Horse racing-Medina Spirit delivers trainer Baffert record seventh win at Kentucky Derby

(Reuters) -Medina Spirit stormed to victory in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday to give trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh win in the $3 million Run for the Roses. Under jockey John Velazquez, Medina Spirit jumped out to an early lead and fended off challenges down the stretch in front of 51,838 fans in Louisville, Kentucky, in the largest U.S. sporting event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The win was Hall of Fame jockey Velazquez's fourth in the first race of the Triple Crown, which returned to its usual spot – the first Saturday in May – after being pushed to September last year due to the pandemic.

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Kentucky Derby 2021: Medina Spirit wins dominating race

Kentucky Derby 2021: Medina Spirit wins dominating race

The Kentucky Derby returned to its traditional May slot, and it was as thrilling as ever.

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Baffert makes history as Medina Spirit wins 147th Kentucky Derby

Baffert makes history as Medina Spirit wins 147th Kentucky Derby

Medina Spirit won the 147th Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs, giving trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the US flat racing classic.

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How to bet the Kentucky Derby

How to bet the Kentucky Derby

Here’s a casual guide — from an admitted non-expert — on how to spread around $100 of bets to perhaps take home a bit of milk money.

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King Fury scratched from Kentucky Derby after fever

King Fury scratched from Kentucky Derby after fever

King Fury, the 20-1 Kentucky Derby entrant named for world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, was scratched from Saturday's US racing classic after spiking a fever on Friday.

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Kentucky Derby betting preview: Essential Quality will be tough to beat

Kentucky Derby betting preview: Essential Quality will be tough to beat

The 20-horse field for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville is packed with talented, dynamic runners.

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