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Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit fails second drug test


The second test of blood from Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit confirmed the presence of the banned steroid betamethasone, a lawyer for the horse’s owner told CNBC on Wednesday.

The second positive test sharply increases the chance that Medina Spirit’s victory on May 1 will be overturned by Kentucky racing officials and that Mandaloun, which ran second that day, will be declared the winner.

Hours after disclosure of the test, the company that operates Churchill Downs Racetrack — the site of the Kentucky Derby — said it had immediately suspended Baffert for two years.

Clark Brewster, the attorney for Medina Spirit’s owner, Amr Zedan, said officials are allowing another lab to analyze…


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