Justify failed drug test before winning 2018 Triple Crown

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

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

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

We may have to put an asterisk next to Justify's 2018 Triple Crown win.

California regulators decided four months later behind closed doors to dispose of the inquiry altogether, citing "contaminated food" as the possible origin for Justify's positive drug test.

11 that 2018 Triple Crown victor Justify tested positive for scopolamine after his victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in early April 2018.

Justify failed a drug test one month before the 2018 Kentucky Derby, and the California Horse Racing Board chose to dismiss the case after the colt went on to win the Triple Crown, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The test in April 2018 came after his win at the Santa Anita Derby.

Instead of immediately disqualifying the Kentucky Derby favorite, the California Horse Racing Board took more than a month to confirm the results and withheld from publicly disclosing the results when it did, according to the report. The board then opted to reduce any penalties levied for the particular banned substance Justify was found to have had injected.

CHRB executive director Rick Baedeker told the newspaper that it would have been improper to rush the proceedings.

In the past, positive tests for scopolamine have resulted in disqualifications, purse reimbursements, fines and suspensions, according to the report.

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.

However, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's former drug lab chief, Rick Sams, told the Times that the amount of scopolamine in Justify's system suggested it "has to come from intentional intervention". "We weren't going to do that".