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Bob Baffert’s Latest Excuse for Medina Spirit’s Failed Derby Drug Test is a DOOZY

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Bob Baffert has gone on the defense since Churchill Downs officials revealed that Medina Spirit tested positive for a banned substance after winning the 147th Kentucky Derby. In 24 hours Baffert has already concocted a couple of excuses to dismiss the failed drug test. The latest “explanation” is something that not even the most imaginative teenager would use to get out of trouble.

According to Rick Bozich, Baffert said one test issue was created by a groom. Baffert claims the groom urinated in the stall after taking cough medicine. Medina Spirit then ate some of the contaminated hay, leading to the positive test.

In summation, Medina Spirit could be disqualified from the Kentucky Derby for eating pee-hay. The trainer actually believes he could lose his historic seventh Derby victory because of pee-hay.

Baffert spouted off that nonsense hours after he blamed politics for the failed drug test.

“Churchill Downs came out with that statement. That was pretty harsh. I think they — with all the noise… we live in a different world now,” Baffert said in an appearance on Fox News. “This America is different. It was like a cancel culture kind of a thing.”

Baffert’s pee-hay excuse is not so different than the one he used last year after Charlatan and Gamine tested positive for lidocaine after victories at Oaklawn Park on Arkansas Derby day. Grooms allegedly used a lidocaine cream on their hands before handling the horses, which the horses preceded to ingest, the source of the failed test according to Baffert.

Cancel culture and pee-hay. You’ll never hear anyone criticize Bob Baffert for a lack creativity.


An hour after his Tweet went as viral as a Tweet can go, Bozich sent out a very important clarifying statement: Baffert wasn’t talking about Medina Spirit. That would’ve been a very important thing to mention in the initial Tweet.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

31 Comments for Bob Baffert’s Latest Excuse for Medina Spirit’s Failed Derby Drug Test is a DOOZY

  1. Memphis UK Cat
    11:50 am May 10, 2021 Permalink

    That segment with Bill Belichick and Bob just shows they know how to compare notes on cheating.

    • Cletis75
      1:18 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      Yep. I can’t believe he gave away the secret to fast horses. The grooms take drugs and pee on the horse’s hay! Who woulda thunk it? That Baffert really is genius! He leaves no stone unturned!

  2. kyle macys socks
    11:50 am May 10, 2021 Permalink

    And apparently he is high from eating cereal prepared by his personal chef. The chef had ingested crack cocaine the previous day. This chef also has dandruff, which contained traces of the crack. A small amount of this dandruff fell into Bob’s cereal.

    • Mr.Incognito
      12:08 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      It’s an all too common tale these days, tragic

  3. Bigblueswami
    12:09 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    I figured he’d use the Jon Bones Jones excuse and go with “pulsing effect” for the picograms

  4. Keets
    12:14 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    He did win the appeal to get the wins by Charlatan and Gamine restored, so wild as it sounds, we’ll see if pee-hay saves him the Derby…

  5. chris43
    12:14 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    He’s a cheater. This isn’t his first go round.

  6. UKInsider
    12:40 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    The penalty should be forcing Baffert to eat the pee-hay.

  7. Tom Bombadil
    12:43 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    Before you start dogging on Bob baffert…Research a ‘Pico gram’
    A Trillionth of one gram. LMAO!!!

    • Ryan Lemonds Toupee
      12:49 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink


    • Cletis75
      12:53 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      Call it what you will, but if it didn’t help, there would be no reason for it to be in the horses system.

    • Cletis75
      1:07 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      That is 21 picograms per mL. A racehorse has an average of 50,000mL oof blood. If he didn’t like the rules or standards, he doesn’t have to play the game. No one else seems to have as many issues as he does following the rules.

    • jack8291
      1:24 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      Everyone agrees it’s not much of an ‘enhancer ‘ and certainly not on days it isn’t racing ( for there to be residuals) . It doesn’t make since to have that amount on race day …the equivalent of a grain of sand in a bucket . Just an odd deal

    • Chuckie322
      1:37 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      Maybe you should research the word “banned”?

    • WILDCATS1968
      2:02 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      So you think it is only happening with HIS horses ? I mean this is the 4th or 5th time he has been called out. People with any common sense would conclude the dude is cheating. it is no accident it only happens with the horses he wins with. Why is not of these ridiculous stories of handlers having it on their hands, horses that took it peeing on hay and his champion horse eat the hay, etc. etc. etc. NOBODY else has had these strings of bad luck,,, because they either are not cheating, or better at hiding it than the egotistical Baffert. he thinks he is above horseracing and everyone should bow to the King. Bow his ass out of racing FOREVER. He and Coach K are a lot alike, play the dumb card when caught red handed.

    • TBW3011
      3:14 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      Why isn’t everyone failing tests on racing’s biggest days repeatedly?

  8. jack8291
    1:16 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    Something seems strange . That drug isn’t much of an ‘enhancer ‘ and a ‘picogram’ is about 1 gram divided by 1 trillion . It’s literally a piece of lint in a room full of carpet …in a 1000 pound animal .

    • WILDCATS1968
      2:04 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      Maybe because the horse had time to get the amount taken out of his system. How long after the race did it get tested ? Hours, days ? If it days, it is like a drug user, a couple days later only traces remain.

    • jack8291
      2:15 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      The amount showing up profiles as something given in the past and not to enhance on race day. It’s not a drug that’s banned , just not on race day

    • Cletis75
      5:57 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      It helps for quicker recovery. It definitely enhances your performance if it gets you back in the game quicker

  9. SpontaneousHumanCombustion
    1:21 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    The horses ingested the grooms hands?

  10. LittleBoyBlue
    1:24 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    I think KSR should buy a racehorse and name it PicoO’PeeHay

  11. ukkatzfan
    1:32 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    Failure to wash hands after a restroom visit then feeding the horse by hand seems like a much better lie.

  12. sprtphan
    1:43 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    I call bull shot on this so called crisis.

  13. Le Docteur
    2:13 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    I have a family member who is a vet for thoroughbred race horses. She says that “the horse ate hay someone peed on” is a running joke among vets. Laughable, as a matter of science, she says.

  14. DaaaaCats
    2:40 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    Hey Baffert, sounds like urine trouble

    • DelrayCat
      3:26 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      LOL….ding ding ding…winner winner chicken dinner.

  15. klyne
    3:15 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    Sounds like a bunch of people are upset they didn’t win cash on the Derby. It’s horse racing, they all cheat. Enjoy it for what it is, gambling and a reason to drink.

  16. Keets
    3:16 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

    Like Baffert or not, is Bozich’s update not enough to correct this post’s headline or, maybe…this entire KSR post?

    • duner
      8:44 pm May 10, 2021 Permalink

      The title could be updated but it still covers the same thing. The man got caught cheating and instead of being a man about it he concocts BS lies that a 5th grader wouldn’t believe and some people will buy into it. I don’t care what the drug was or what it does. It is banned on race day and his horse as many other of his horses have been busted for having it and other banned drugs in their systems after race day was run. Call it what you will but I call it holding people accountable for what they do. I know it’s a novel ideal for those who think they don’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else.

  17. Keets
    1:31 am May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Eh just sayin this post’s main jab was to hype up the funny “Medina Spirit ate pee-hay” excuse, which Bozich clarified as not true…that’s all. All about accountability, too. When you say many of his horses have been busted, are you including Charlatan and Gamine? If so, you sayin he shouldn’t have appealed those tests? Because, he did, and won…but I can’t tell if winning appeals and having wins restored falls under your definition of bein a man or not.