The results of the world’s most famous horse race will be decided by a pissing contest. Unfortunately, that’s not a metaphor.
The latest twist in Bob Baffert’s efforts to remain atop the Kentucky Derby 147 toteboard are all centered around Medina Spirit’s urine. The horse infamously failed a post-race drug test, testing positive for betamethasone. The initial results revealed the three-year-old had twice the legal limit of the anti-inflammatory, with a split-sample consequently confirming those results.
Typically the two positive tests would make this an open and shut case. The problem is this isn’t a typical race. It’s the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert’s team is going to great lengths to prevent Medina Spirit from being disqualified as the race’s winner. Friday morning that called for a team of lawyers to argue before a judge in Franklin Circuit Court the need for more urine.
Baffert’s team agues they need ALL of the preserved urine from race day to prove their innocence. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission states that is unnecessary, only 2 ml of the 25 ml sample is required for further testing. The KHRC also argues the need to keep some of the frozen sample intact in case more tests need to be done after the latest round of testing.
In summation, almost an hour of time in court was spent today arguing over how much of Medina Spirit’s urine needs to be tested, again. To resolve the matter, an order will be issued next week which prescribes that each side be an attendance to reach a compromise on how much of the urine sample will be split among the parties.
Baffert’s team believes all of these proceedings will ultimately exonerate this horse. In reality, this asinine argument is nothing more than a pissing contest that will delay the disqualification of Medina Spirit in the Kentucky Derby.