Medina Spirit's Derby Drug Positive Hearing Reportedly Postponed


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A long-awaited Feb. 7 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) stewards' hearing regarding Medina Spirit's positive test result for betamethasone in the 2021 GI Kentucky Derby reportedly got postponed from Monday to the following week.

After a wait of 283 days since the alleged infraction, Monday's hearing involving trainer Bob Baffert apparently has been rescheduled for Feb. 14.

WLKY-TV in Kentucky first broke the news of the non-hearing and its new date.

TDN attempted to confirm the report by sending emails to KHRC chief state steward Barbara Borden, KHRC executive director Marc Guilfoil, and Baffert's attorney, W. Craig Robertson III, asking each to explain the reason for the postponement.

None of those queries yielded replies prior to deadline for this story. The email to Borden was forwarded to a spokesperson for Kentucky's Public Protection Cabinet, who replied with the same boilerplate response that the KHRC has been issuing to the media for over a week now on this subject: “The KHRC is bound by regulation from providing information about the stewards' hearing prior to the issuance of a stewards' ruling.”

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