Justify Failed a Drug Test Before Winning 2018 Triple Crown

Report: 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify failed drug test before running in Kentucky Derby

However, if the California Horse Racing Board had followed the rules, Justify would never have even run the Triple Crown's first race.

Champion racehorse Justify failed a drug test shortly before winning the American Triple Crown in 2018, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. 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.

After Justify won the Triple Crown, Drape says that the California Horse Racing Board disposed of the inquiry and decided that "the positive test could have been a result of Justify's eating contaminated food". "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".

Baedeker did not immediately respond to a phone call and email request for comment by Reuters.

Two months after dismissing the Justify case, the California board changed the penalty for a failed scopolamine test from a disqualification to a fine and a possible suspension.

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. Dr. Rick Sams, former laboratory director for LGC Science Inc., told the Times scopolamine can act as a bronchodilator and that the amount detected in Justify "was excessive".

"I think it has to come from intentional intervention", he said.

Baffert was found to have administered thyroid hormone thyroxine to the horses despite there being no evidence of hypothyroidism that the hormone is meant to treat.

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

Justify's incredible Triple Crown triumph a year ago may be tainted.

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