Horse Racing

Horse Racing-Medina Spirits Failed Drug Test Confirmed, Trainer Suspended

By Frank Pingue (Reuters) – A second post-race drug test for Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit confirmed a banned substance was present, an attorney for the horse’s trainer said on Wednesday, raising the possibility the dark bay colt could be disqualified . While a decision on Medina Spirit’s disqualification will depend on the outcome of …

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Bob Baffert banned from Churchill Downs

To a second drug test by Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit came back positive Churchill Downs coach Bob Baffert has been suspended for two years because of the banned substance betamethasone. It He announced this on Wednesday afternoon following reports earlier Wednesday of the second positive test. Baffert’s ban extends through the spring 2023 season …

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Dunlop wants to add a ‘surreal’ chapter to the family’s Derby history

Ed Dunlop admits it’s “surreal” to coach a front-runner named in his father’s honor for Saturday’s Epsom Derby. Dunlop’s father, John Leeper Dunlop, who died in 2018 at the age of 78, won the coveted classic twice. Horse John Leeper, whose mother Snow Fairy coached Ed Dunlop to win the Oaks in 2010, meets 11 …

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The heads of the derby players at the Bolshoi Ballet, the hearts at John Leeper

The Bolshoi Ballet is the players’ choice to give coach Aidan O’Brien a ninth Epsom Derby and a 41st British Classic on Saturday, breaking a record nearly 150 years old. However, it’s John Leeper, a horse named after the late two-time Derby winner John Leeper Dunlop and trained by his son Ed, that could attract …

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Horseracing-Essential Quality atones for derby disappointment with Belmont win

By Steve Keating (Reuters) – Essential quality has atoned for the disappointment of the Kentucky Derby when it dueled Hot Rod Charlie down the homestretch to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, bringing the curtain on a turbulent year for the Triple Crown of US thoroughbred racing dropped. Essential Quality, favorites to win the Kentucky …

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Stradivarius record as Subjectivist wins Ascot Gold Cup

Stradivarius’ attempt to match Yeats’ record four Ascot Gold Cup wins ended in disappointment on Thursday as Subjectivist prevailed in the flagship race at Royal Ascot. Subjectivist, ridden by 50-year-old Irishman Joe Fanning, gave Scottish trainer Mark Johnston his fourth win of the race. “It’s nice to be in the victors’ enclosure at Ascot for …

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