Bob Baffert apologizes for handling of Medina Spirit’s drug violation

BALTIMORE — Trainer Bob Baffert issued a statement before Saturday’s Preakness in which he apologized for his handling of the announcement of Medina Spirit’s positive drug test following his Kentucky Derby victory.

Last Sunday, a week after Medina Spirit’s win in the in May 1 Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, Baffert announced the horse had tested positive for 21 picograms of betamethasone. Adamant the horse never had been treated with the corticosteroid, Baffert recanted two days later when saying Medina Spirit had been treated several days with Otomax.

The ointment, which lists betamethasone as an ingredient, was used to treat dermatitis on Medina Spirit’s hind end, Baffert said.

PREAKNESS:Rombauer storms to victory in 146th Preakness Stakes; Medina Spirit finishes third