(AP) — An attorney for trainer Bob Baffert says split-sample urine testing of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has shown that a steroid present in the colt’s system came from a topical ointment and not an injection.
Medina Spirit tested positive for the steroid betamethasone after winning the May 1 race and was facing disqualification.
Baffert had said an ointment used to treat the colt for a skin condition daily up until the Derby included the substance.
Baffert's attorney, Craig Robertson, says testing showed Medina Spirit was never injected with a steroid.
Instead, the testing confirmed the steroid's presence came from an ointment.