Triple Crown winner failed drug test: Report

The New York Times reports that Justify, the horse that won all three major races in 2018, failed a drug test a month before the Kentucky Derby.
1:23 | 09/12/19

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Thank you so much. Now to those accusations of a triple crown cover-up. A new report overnight claiming that justify, the horse that won all three major races in 2018, actually failed a drug test a month before the Kentucky derby but still got to compete. Matt Gutman is on the Santa Anita track in California with all the details. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Good morning. Behind me is the track where justify allegedly failed that drug test just three weeks before the Kentucky derby in April. Now, the drug helps with horse's breathing efficiency during races. That should have disqualified it from the Kentucky derby and triple crown but the horse's hall of fame trainer asked for and received a second test. The horse also failed and came back positive for the drug in that test. Now, the California horse racing board did not meet to discuss this matter until late August after justify won the triple crown at the Belmont stakes. When they finally did meet to talk about it they didn't file a complaint. They dropped the case entirely. Now, the California horse racing board says that it's committed to the integrity of horse racing in the state, however, the horse racing board and this racetrack have come under enormous fire over the past year. 30 racehorses have died here on this track and the L.A. District attorney is investigating that.

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