Triple Crown victor Justify failed drug test before Kentucky Derby

Report: 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify failed drug test before running in Kentucky Derby

Report: 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify failed drug test before running in Kentucky Derby

"You want to have an 'Aha!' moment, but this was used in his stable all the time". Rather than filing a complaint and holding a hearing, nothing happened until August 23, four months after the failed test and two months after Justify had completed his Triple Crown run by winning the Belmont Stakes.

However, if the California Horse Racing Board had followed the rules, Justify would never have even run the Triple Crown's first race.

The New York Times posted an article on Wednesday saying that the colt Justify failed a drug test weeks before the Kentucky Derby. The horse allegedly tested positive for scopolamine, which is a considered a performance-enhancing drug in thoroughbred racing, less than a month prior to the race.

Justify had to win the Santa Anita Derby in order to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

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.

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The documents do not indicate any tampering from Justify's owners. The board later changed the penalty for a scopolamine violation.

After the split sample confirmed the finding, CHRB executive director Rick Baedeker reportedly informed commissioners of the positive and stated a complaint would be issued and a hearing would be scheduled.

However, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's former drug lab chief, Rick Sams, told the Times that the amount of scopolamine in Justify's system suggested it "has to come from intentional intervention".

Justify won the 150th running on the Belmont Stakes to complete the 13th Triple Crown in horse racing history. "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".

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