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.