Hall of Fame coach Bob Buffert is facing more problems this week after it was revealed that Kentucky Derby the winner Medina Spirit failed after a drug test after the race and is now claimed to have legal consequences.
Bettors in California and Kentucky filed two lawsuits against Buffert on Thursday and Friday, accusing him of fraud, racketeering and negligence after Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone in a post-drug test, according to Louisville Courier-Journal.
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MEDIN SPIRIT WAS TREATED WITH OINTMENT CONTAINING BETAMETHAZONE, BOFF BUFFER REVEALS
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The lawsuits are seeking compensation for lost bets after Medina Spirit’s victory, and another is seeking Buffer’s complete dismissal from the sport. The Jefferson County case alleges that the plaintiffs were willing to earn at least $ 1 million, while the California lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs missed payments worth at least $ 54,000, according to the report.
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Buffert’s lawyer Craig Robertson told the Courier-Journal that the lawsuit in California was “completely frivolous with zero legal merit.”
“We always stay in the bag and there never seems to be a consequence for those who are able to prevent something like this, but will not do it,” said a Jefferson County plaintiff. “This lawsuit is more than money. It’s been a long time since coaches and tracks have been held accountable for their actions and failures. I hope this lawsuit will change the way things are done and change behavior.”
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Churchill Downs, Inc. He was also mentioned in one of the lawsuits because he did not find the medicine before the race.
Medina Spirit was released to take part in the Preakness Stakes in Pimlico on Saturday after passing three rounds of pre-race tests.