By JASON FRAKES | Louisville Courier Journal | 13 May 2021
BALTIMORE – Social media was buzzing Wednesday evening after D. Wayne Lukas defended fellow trainer Bob Baffert and suggested regulators who found betamethasone in Medina Spirit’s blood “should probably have poured it down the sink.”
The 85-year-old Lukas — six-time winner of the Preakness and among the eldest of statesmen in trainer circles — was unapologetic about his comments on a sunny and cool Thursday morning, holding court in a chair at the shady end of a stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course.
“If you’re old and rich and famous,” Lukas said, “you can say any f***ing thing you want.”
As the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission awaits results of a second test that will determine whether he is disqualified as the Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Preakness (6:47 p.m. post time).
Earlier this week, Dr. Mary Scollay of the Lexington, Ky.-based Racing Medication and Testing Consortium clarified the testing, noting the measurement of 21 picograms is based on the amount found in one milliliter of blood. A horse has upwards of 50,000 milliliters of blood in the body.
“In terms of effect on the horse, I don’t know,” she said. “I can’t answer that. I don’t think anybody knows. Anybody who says it has no effect, that may be their belief, but there’s nothing to substantiate that.”
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