Bob Baffert asserts Medina Spirit's Kentucky Derby win was valid, invokes 'cancel culture'

Baffert appeared on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” with Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino and said he never thought he would be fighting for his reputation.

“It did not happen. That horse has never been treated with (betamethasone). Actually, it’s a legal therapeutic medicine and the amount that was in it wouldn’t have any effect on the horse anyway. But we don’t … That horse was never treated with that and so that’s the disturbing part of it.

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“I never thought I’d have to be fighting for my reputation and the poor horse’s reputation. Because of the new regulations the regulators have put, they’re testing these horses at contaminated levels and it’s been a horrible experience.”

Baffert doubled down on his stance, saying “it did not happen.”

“It did not happen and that’s the really seriously troubling part of it,” he added. “We hired investigators but sometimes you never find out. It’s just a tragedy what happened in this race.”

Bob Baffert brought Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit out for fans to see on the morning after the race. Medina Spirit is Baffert's seventh Kentucky Derby winner.

Bob Baffert brought Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit out for fans to see on the morning after the race. Medina Spirit is Baffert’s seventh Kentucky Derby winner.

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