LOUISVILLE, KY – Statement from Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery regarding media reports of Justify failing drug test prior to 2018 Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown.
“Until media reports surfaced Wednesday night, neither Churchill Downs nor the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had knowledge of any potential positive tests that may have emanated from California in advance of the 2018 Kentucky Derby.
We do know that all pre- and post-race tests for 2018 Kentucky Derby participants came back clean, including Justify. In advance of our race each year, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission conducts pre-race out-of-competition testing for every Kentucky Derby starter and all starters’ results were clean. After the race, the top finishers are tested for a myriad of banned substances and the results for all were clean.”
– Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Racetrack President