Justify failed a drug test before 2018 Kentucky Derby

  • Justify failed a drug test before 2018 Kentucky Derby

Justify failed a drug test before 2018 Kentucky Derby

Justify is only the 13th horse in history to complete the Triple Crown.

The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed post-race drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby.

11 that 2018 Triple Crown victor Justify tested positive for scopolamine after his victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in early April 2018.

In the past, positive tests for scopolamine have resulted in disqualifications, purse reimbursements, fines and suspensions, according to the report.

Four months after Justify became the 13th Triple Crown victor, the board threw out the drug test all together, citing that the test could have been the result of the horse eating jimson weed, which is known to contain high levels of scopolamine.

A laboratory at the University of California advised the CHRB that Justify had tested positive for scopolamine, which is used to treat stomach issues, on April 18 but the controlling body advised Baffert of the irregularity on April 26.

The California Horse Racing Board's executive director Rick Baedeker "acknowledged that it was a delicate case because of its timing" since the Derby was just weeks away. "That's impossible. Well, that's not impossible, that would have been careless and reckless for us to tell an investigator what usually takes you two months, you have to get done in five days, eight days".

However, the horse racing world is small and interconnected.

"I think it has to come from intentional intervention", Sams told the Times. He also happens to train a horse that Chuck Winner, California Horse Racing Board's chairman, owns a share of.

Baffert was found to have administered thyroid hormone thyroxine to the horses despite there being no evidence of hypothyroidism that the hormone is meant to treat.

"It was legally dispensed and reported as labeled", Dr. Rick Arthur said after overseeing necropsies of the dead horses. There is no violation of any rules.

The Triple Crown has been mired in controversy over the past year.