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Kentucky judge divides Medina Spirit urine sample for tests

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) A Kentucky judge has granted representatives of trainer Bob Baffert and the owners of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit much of the horse's split urine sample to be further tested for betamethasone and other substances. (MORE)

Trainer Bob Baffert sues to get New York suspension lifted

NEW YORK (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert sued in federal court Tuesday in an effort to get his suspension by the New York Racing Association lifted.

The NYRA suspended the Hall of Famer in mid-May after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test that found 21 picograms of betamethasone. The steroid helps reduce swelling and Baffert acknowledged that Medina Spirit tested positive for the substance that is banned on race day in Kentucky. The trainer later said an ointment used to treat a skin condition contained the substance. (MORE)

Derby runner-up Mandaloun wins at Monmouth Park in return.

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun overcame a tough trip and a stubborn rival in Weyburn to win the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park. (MORE)

Informative wins Salvator Mile at Monmouth and pays $161.60.

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Informative caught heavily favored Ny Traffic in the stretch and scored a stunning one-length victory in the Grade 3 $150,000 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park, paying a whopping $161.80 to win. (MORE)

Derby runner-up Mandaloun returns Sunday at Monmouth Park

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Mandaloun is returning to racing for the first time since finishing second in the Kentucky Derby, for which he could still be named the winner if Medina Spirit is disqualified for failing a postrace drug test.

Trainer Brad Cox on Thursday entered Mandaloun in the Grade 1 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. The 1-1/16 miles race for 3-year-olds drew a field of five and could serve as a prep race for the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth on July 17. (MORE)

Baffert, Medina Spirit owners sue Kentucky racing officials

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert and the owners of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit have filed a lawsuit against Kentucky racing officials.

They are seeking a temporary injunction they say is to prevent violation of due process rights and for custody of "remnant" samples of the colt's urine to prove that traces of the steroid betamethasone found in his system during a positive drug test did not come from an injection. (MORE)

Rick Porter, successful thoroughbred owner, dies at 80

(AP) -- Rick Porter, a successful owner who campaigned such top thoroughbreds as 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and ill-fated Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles, has died. He was 80.

He died Sunday at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, after fighting cancer in various forms for over 20 years, according to Fox Hill Farm executive assistant Victoria Keith. (MORE)

Essential Quality probably tops in Triple Crown gray area

NEW YORK (AP) Three Triple Crown races, three different winners and one isn't even decided yet.

More than five weeks since the Kentucky Derby and with the Belmont Stakes over, the Triple Crown season is still muddled in uncertainty. Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit could be disqualified from the Derby, making Belmont winner Essential Quality probably the best horse in what was a gray area of a Triple Crown season. (MORE)

Brad Cox-trained Essential Quality wins Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK (AP) Brad Cox insisted he wasn't sitting around waiting or worrying about whether a disqualification of Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby winner would give him his first victory in a Triple Crown race.

Essential Quality captured the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to make sure Cox wouldn't need to wait a second longer to be a Triple Crown-winning trainer. (MORE)

Riding spill painful for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., plus costly

NEW YORK (AP) A nasty fall riding in a race earlier this week not only sidelined jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., it proved costly on Saturday's Belmont Stakes card.

Ortiz had to take off all 12 of his mounts because of his injuries, including a ride on Known Agenda in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. (MORE)

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