PETA Statement: Medina Spirit Fails Second Drug Test

For Immediate Release:
June 2, 2021

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

Louisville, Ky. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the second sample from the Bob Baffert–trained Medina Spirit to test positive for a prohibited substance:

Bettors who’ve been cheated by putting money down on the rigged Kentucky Derby may contact PETA or attorneys who are filing class-action lawsuits, but the other victim here is Medina Spirit. He should be thoroughly examined by independent veterinarians to find out why he was administered a powerful medication and whether it was through injections to his joints rather than with a topical cream. The racing industry must at last stop buying Baffert’s nonsensical excuses and kick him out for good.

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