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Medina Spirit Derby positive    Horse Racing

Started 5/10/21 by Amy (1pony); 19837 views.
cigarello

From: cigarello

Jun-4

 
Well, I found the name of the disc jockey who I heard discuss this case (his name is Pat St. John)  and I sent him an Email advising him that betamethasone is not a performance enhancing drug.  Guess what? he answered my email--- He said he didn't use Baffert's name and that he got this information from the Today show (spreading misinformation as well)-- I sent him an email back and thanked him for his response-- I was pleasantly surprised he responded at all.  I asked him to clear this up for his listeners (which I am sure he won't)!!!!

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

Jun-4

Surprised he replied, but he’s not a true journalist if he’s not checking his sources or subject matter.......

sandins

From: sandins

Jun-5

WOW............thank you for trying to clarify with him............surprised, too, that he responded. and agree with your response about him.

cigarello

From: cigarello

Jun-5

  I think he is a decent guy: he is a disc jockey- not a journalist- and I was shocked to hear him even mention Medina Spirit as I was listening to 60's music on Sirius---- I think it is important to try and educate  people when you can--- After I responded to his email he emailed me back and said he was sorry to have spread misinformation. I think he is a pretty decent sort.

Potsdam2

From: Potsdam2

Jun-5

I think Baffert's punishment is mostly political. There was a very long and powerful article on "The Blood Sport" in the New Yorker a couple of weeks ago. It was well researched and balanced (as every read in the New Yorker is) ; but it did not paint a pretty picture , and it's just one example of  the attitude toward the sport that is growing.

That said, I guess, sort of in his defense, at Baffert's level, there is no room for the tiniest "oops" in medications. 

sandins

From: sandins

Jun-5

yes...........sounds like it.......as most people nowadays don't bother or care and for sure do not apologize............sure he will be more careful 

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

Jun-5

I agree, but since he made the bold statement of overseeing everything, including meds, and not following thru with his “veterinary advisory” due to the vet he picked being in Kentucky and not being able to come due to Covid and he wasn’t licensed in CA, he did this to himself. Besides, any vet there could look at the label to tell him what’s in it……

sandins

From: sandins

Jun-5

as a medical profesional, I would not expect it to go systemic, either, but steroids are sneaky that way........sure they were suprised, too. Maybe depends on the base of other ingredients. And the fact that it was so minimal, doesn't mean they would over-look,as the rules say none,. Think political, too. But the winning horse's name lives in infamy, not usually, the trainer........sad for MS, tho he doesn't know the controversy surrounding his win or even care. Guess they have not said he is DQ yet? Pretty severe decision, and not by the Ky Racing commission. Think had it been any other trainer, would not be in question.

Potsdam2

From: Potsdam2

Jun-5

Baffert makes enough money at his trade. There should not have been the tiniest mistake in medication. His problem is that he is a huge success.  For people who know nothing about horse racing, if they know one trainer's name, it's Bob Baffert.  Of course, as everyone has been saying, that makes him a really good target.

sandins

From: sandins

Jun-5

not only  does he make enough money, but he is less modest than most trainers, tho think he was genuiinely surprised at this MS win. And a trainer should always know about medication for his horse, contents, effects and side-effects. Do not know about horse meds, but many people meds are given off-label, which means "not for intended use"  and efffective for other purpose., but sure this was not that intention. Trouble is steroids are fast-acting and often the drug of choice , without wating for another to work, when another would work well for his rash.

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