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Derby winner Medina Spirit the favorite to win the Preakness despite failed drug test

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Kentucky Derby entrant Medina Spirit works out Churchill Downs Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit is the favorite to win tomorrow’s 146th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The horse passed the first of three drug tests needed to compete in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. The remaining two test results should be known today. Owner Bob Baffert was suspended at Churchill Downs in Kentucky after a post-race test showed Medina Spirit had a prohibited therapeutic drug in his system. Baffert says the positive test result could have been from an ointment recommended by a veterinarian to treat dermatitis.

The colt will break from the number three post position in the race for the second leg of the Triple Crown. Medina Spirit is being allowed to compete despite a failed drug test following the Derby. Hall of fame trainer Bob Baffert has agreed to additional drug testing and a review of the horse’s medical records.

If the little horse should win all three races, it is not clear if it would be awarded the Triple Crown due to the failed drug test.