Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown

Justify won the Triple Crown in 2018

Justify won the Triple Crown in 2018

The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of 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.

The article said that a lab at the University of California, Davis sent notice two and a half weeks before the Kentucky Derby that Justify had tested positive for the drug which is used to treat stomach problems in humans.

A New York Times report has called into question champion USA galloper Justify's famous 2018 Triple Crown win.

A cover up of a failed drug test has this morning rocked the United States horse racing industry.

A group of owners, who hold a majority stake at WinStar Farm - a horse breeding and racing farm - reportedly sold Justify's breeding rights to Coolmore Stud for $60 million after the horse's victory at Preakness Stakes - the second race in the Triple Crown circuit.

The colt was retired a year ago after he won all six annual races including the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

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The report said the failed drug test would normally have meant Justify's disqualification and forfeiture of entry into the Kentucky Derby. "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".

No follow-up was ever done, Drape reported, and the investigation ended abruptly in August 2018 when CHRB commissioners, after listening to Baedeker lay out the evidence in a private session, voted not to open a case against Baffert, who did not respond to requests by the Times for comment.

In the past, positive tests for scopolamine have resulted in disqualifications, purse reimbursements, fines and suspensions, according to the report.

Rick Baedeker, executive director of the CHRB, stated that regulators moved cautiously due to the fact that scopolamine can be found naturally in jimsonweed and then inadvertently mixed into horse feed.

The New York Times report claims it has seen a number of documents and emails confirming their allegations.

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