Top trainer John Gosden labels Bob Baffert case 'an innocent mistake' but admits very unfortunate for American racing

TOP trainer John Gosden has labelled the Medina Spirit case 'an innocent mistake'.

But the handler admitted it was not a good look for the sport and gave others the chance 'to stick the knife in.'


Bob Baffert's horse tested positive for a banned substance after he won the Kentucky Derby on May 1.

Betamethasone showed up in the results, which Hall of Fame Baffert has since admitted may have come from an ointment he used for a skin irration on Medina Spirit.

Baffert's star is favourite for Saturday's Preakness Stakes after he was cleared to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown just yesterday.

Gosden, who has previously worked as a trainer in the States and has called for improved testing procedures, has had his say on the revelations.

Speaking on the Nick Lucky Daily Podcast, he said: "Obviously it's very disappointing for them in every sense, for racing.

"It would appear it was something they were using for a skin problem on the horse and that had a content in it that pushed him over. It's very unfortunate if that's the case.

"They're trying to make the point that it didn't effect the horse on the day, but it's obviously gone over some limit.

"Nobody needs this kind of thing, especially when it appears to be more of a mistake than a deliberate policy.

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"So to that extent it's unfortunate for American racing for such a high profile winner, the Kentucky Derby is still the big race. Even President Trump put out his views on it a couple of years ago!

"It's very much a race in the public eye so it gives the New York Times and a few others a good opportunity to stick the knife into horse racing, which can never be a positive."

Gosden trained in California for a number of years and has previously pushed for better rules and regulations in regards to medications used on horses.

He added: "There's a bill going through the Senate right now, but America is a very big place and each jurisdiction has its own legislation. There's no doubt if they can bring some harmony, which the jockey club are trying to do, it can only be a good thing.

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"But it's getting to sound like this was somewhat of an innocent mess-up rather than anything else at this stage and nothing more sinister.

"It's not like you're dealing with the Kentucky Derby winner who was disqualified with the interference. That seems to be quite sinister with the FBI involved, a whole different ball game."

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