Medina Spirit will Run in Preakness Stakes

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

An agreement was made between Bob Baffert and the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) less than two hours prior to the post position draw for the 146th Running of the Preakness Stakes (G1). 

The MJC initially put out a statement that they were consulting with the Maryland Racing Commission on "any decision regarding the entry of MEDINA SPIRIT in the 146th Preakness Stakes will be made after review of the facts."

According to a letter from Bob Baffert's counsel, Craig Robertson to MJC attorney Alan Rifkin, the trainer has consented to blood testing, monitory and a medical record review by the MJC of both MEDINA SPIRIT and CONCERT TOUR, as well as BEAUTIFUL GIFT. The filly will be running in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) on Friday. 

The letter states that the horses were tested at Pimlico upon arrival and that additional blood samples will be drawn today, May 11th. 

The full agreement reads:

Dear Mr. Rifkin,

In the best interest of horse racing, and the integrity of the sport, Mr. Baffert consents to blood testing, monitoring, and medical record review by the Maryland Jockey Club ("MJC") on the horse MEDINA SPIRIT, and two other horses trained by Mr. Baffert. MEDINA SPIRIT and CONCERT TOUR are presently entered in the Preakness Stakes and BEAUTIFUL GIFT is presently entered in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. 

In addition to the testing and monitoring conducted by the Maryland Racing Commission ("MRC") and/or in cooperation with the MRC, the horses were tested upon arrival at Pimlico and further blood samples will also be drawn today and as may be further determined by MJC from each of the horses. The MJC blood samples will be tested by a lab chosen by the MJC.

Consistent with the fair procedure process provided by The Stronach Group, Mr. Baffert consents to information regarding the results of the MRC and MJC tests, and other relevant medical and administrative records relating to the horses being disclosed to the MJC and Dr. Dionne Benson, The Stronach Group Chief Veterinary Officer.

If any of the three horses test positive for a banned substance, or at a level for a permitted therapeutic substance which is above the designated limit, or if reasonable conditions warrant after MJC's review of the medical or administrative records, Mr. Baffert, or MJC on his behalf, will scratch that horse from the upcoming race in which that horse is entered this weekend at Pimlico. Mr. Baffert has given these consents to further the interests of horse racing and the public. 

MJC may provide this letter and consents herein to the MRC and Mr. Baffert consents to the public release of this letter and all testing results. Mr. Baffert represents that he has authority to grant the consents represented herein on behalf of the owners of the aforementioned horses.

The integrity of the sport is of the upmost importance to Mr. Baffert and by consenting to this testing regimen and monitoring he reaffirms his commitment and dedication to the sport.

Sincerely yours,

Craig Robertson

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