Medina Spirit’s Kentucky Derby win is in jeopardy after testing positive for betamethasone, but what about bets cashed on the win?
Even if Medina Spirit is ultimately disqualified – which can only happen after a second positive test – the pari-mutuel is unlikely to be affected.
The last time a Kentucky Derby winner was disqualified for a positive drug test (Dancer’s Image, 1968), the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission ordered Forward Pass, the horse that crossed the finish line second in the race , considered to be the 1968 Kentucky winner. Derby, except for pari-mutuel.
When Bob Baffert-trained filly Gamine was disqualified from her third place finish in the 2020 Kentucky Oaks, pari-mutuel was not affected by the decision.
Anyone with a winning ticket to Mandaloun, the horse that finished second in the 2021 Derby, is unlikely to be able to cash it if Medina Spirit is disqualified either.
Bob Heleringer, author of Equine Regulatory Law, told the Courier Journal when the owners of Maximum Security attempted to overturn the disqualification of this horse as the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby that once a race is official, betting results are final regardless of errors. by track or call.
He called it “one of the most irrevocable standards in racing” and said it was the law in all states.
“These tickets will never be good,” he said of Maximum Security betting slips.
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