Justify failed a drug test before winning the Kentucky Derby, report says


90’S. HELLO AGAIN, EVERYBODY. THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACING
CONTINUES TO BE AT A
CROSSROADS WITH ITS FUTURE
HANGING IN THE BALANCE. THE LATEST BLOW TONIGHT, THERE
ARE QUESTIONS THAT PUT IN DOUBT
THE CREDIBILITY OF THE 2018
TRIPLE CROWN WIN OF “JUSTIFY.”
“THE NEW YORK TIMES” IS
REPORTING THAT “JUSTIFY” FAILED A POST-RACE DRUG TEST AT THE
2018 SANTA ANITA DERBY. THAT SHOULD HAVE DISQUALIFIED
“JUSTIFY” FROM STARTING
KENTUCKY DERBY 134, BUT “THE
TIMES” REPORTS RULES WERE NOT
FOLLOWED. “JUSTIFY” DID NOT GET A SPEEDY
DISQUALIFICATION, AND HE WENT ON
TO WIN HIS NEXT THREE STARTS,
THE KENTUCKY DERBY, PREAKNESS,
AND BELMONT, TO BECOME THE
SPORT’S 13TH TRIPLE CROWN WINNER AND JUST THE SECOND UNBEATEN
ONE, WORTH ABOUT $60 MILLION IN
BREEDING RIGHTS TO THE OWNERS. ACCORDING TO “THE NEW YORK
TIMES,” “JUSTIFY” TESTED
POSITIVE FOR THE DRUG
SCOPOLAMINE, A BANNED
PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING SUBSTANCE. THE AMOUNT FOUND WAS EXCESSIVE,
SUGGESTING IT WAS INTENTIONAL. THE REPORT STATES TRAINER BOB
BAFFERT WAS NOT NOTIFIED ABOUT
IT UNTIL DAYS BEFORE THE
KENTUCKY DERBY. MONTHS LATER, “THE TIMES” FOUND
THE CALIFORNIA RACING BOARD,
WITH LITTLE EVIDENCE, DISMISSED
THE CASE, DECIDING IT COULD’VE
HAPPENED BECAUSE OF CONTAMINATED
FOOD. WE HAVE REACHED OUT BAFFERT, BUT
HE HAS NOT COMMENTED ON THIS
REPO

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