Additional Allegations of Weakened Samples in Medina Spirit Tests


An endeavor by the connections of Medina Spirit (Protonico) to have a 3rd-social gathering lab carry out a new series of exams on the colt’s bodily fluids in the wake of the colt’s GI Kentucky Derby betamethasone positive has resulted in allegations by the Kentucky Horse Racing Fee (KHRC) of a “lack of candor and contemptuous conduct by the New York Laboratory, [trainer Bob Baffert and owner Zedan Racing Stables], or both.”

According to a standing report and movement for get filed in Kentucky’s Franklin Circuit Courtroom July 19, the KHRC needs the choose in the scenario to compel that Baffert and/or Zedan Racing disclose what strategies of screening ended up carried out on a urine sample whose remnants allegedly came back again weakened just after undergoing screening July 14 in New York.

It is the 2nd time in seven weeks that a social gathering in this court case has alleged that samples came back again contaminated from an accredited lab.


On June 1–the similar date that Medina Spirit’s referee sample was announced as positive–the KHRC educated Baffert and Zedan that human body fluid remnants had been harmed in the course of transportation to the split-sample testing lab.

The July 14 new spherical of testing executed by the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Laboratory was portion of a courtroom mandate in a lawsuit initiated by Baffert and Zedan Racing on June 7 that sought, in component, some type of “limits of detection” tests that could purportedly present that the betamethasone was existing along with other compounds in the topical ointment Otomax.

Betamethasone is a corticosteroid authorized in Kentucky as a therapeutic treatment, but point out guidelines involve at the very least a 14-working day withdrawal time just before racing.

Attorneys for Baffert and secure proprietor Amr Zedan have mentioned a desire to verify that the Derby winner’s betamethasone positive–which has yet to be adjudicated by the KHRC–resulted from an ointment to treat a pores and skin problem and not from an intra-articular injection.

Nevertheless any stage of detection on race working day is a Course C violation in Kentucky, with no distinction outlined in the procedures pertaining how the substance bought within a horse.

Tim Sullivan of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that KHRC govt director Marc Guilfoil and equine health care director Dr. Bruce Howard transported a second urine sample to New York while accompanied by Dr. Clara Fenger and Tom Huckabee, who represented Baffert and Zedan.

Sullivan wrote that, “In signed affidavits, Guilfoil and Howard mentioned the [New York] lab’s application director, Dr. George Maylin, to begin with insisted on retaining remnants of the authentic sample, and subsequently reported he had not read through the courtroom purchase necessitating the return of all those remnants in spite of a June 21 email in which he experienced pledged to abide by that order….

“When the remnants were ultimately produced, however, the KHRC filing claims the urine tube contained only one to two milliliters of ‘bloody fluid,’ a broken serum separator tube and an additional tube with serum that had been saved–all offered at room temperature instead of frozen, as desired. According to Guilfoil and Howard, Maylin defined that most of the urine sample experienced been used up in screening, but did not present a obvious reply when 2 times asked what tests had been conducted,” the Courier-Journal story stated.

Maylin did not instantly answer to an job interview ask for from the Courier-Journal on Tuesday.

W. Craig Robertson, an attorney for Baffert and Zedan, explained to the paper the plaintiffs would be responding in courtroom, introducing that, “The statements contained in the KHRC’s standing report are inaccurate. We have intentionally experienced no direct interaction with the New York lab, so we are unaware of any tests or the benefits.”

Lashell Coykendall

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