FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2021
STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER TESTING POSITIVE FOR DRUGS
Edita Birnkrant, Executive Director of NYCLASS said, "Like nearly every event in the horse racing industry, the Kentucky Derby is now engulfed in another doping scandal. The news that Medina Spirit tested positive for an excessive amount of betamethasone is extremely troubling, but entirely unsurprising. From forced doping to abusive training to deplorable conditions, this heavily subsidized industry has a long history of corrupt and deadly practices. In New York and beyond, it is time to end corporate welfare for horse racing and redirect funds elsewhere to make people's lives better."
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