The post position draw for the 146th Preakness Stakes (G1) will now be held May 11 at approximately 4 p.m. ET at Pimlico Race Course, according to an announcement made May 9 by track owner The Stronach Group.
The draw for the second jewel in the Triple Crown was originally scheduled for May 10. News of the delay comes after the announcement that Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Medina Spirit failed a post-race drug test and was found to be positive for the corticosteroid betamethasone, facing possible disqualification from the May 1 race at Churchill Downs.
Betamethasone is a Class C drug that is allowed in Kentucky as a therapeutic. However, state rules require at least a 14-day withdrawal time and any level of detection on race day is a violation.
“Integrity in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing is the ultimate priority for 1/ST Racing and the Maryland Jockey Club,” read a statement released Sunday by The Stronach Group and its consumer-facing brand 1/ST Racing. The Stronach Group owns the MJC. “1/ST Racing has been an industry leader instituting processes and protocols that have led to nationwide medication reform and increased accountability. We are committed to achieving the highest level of horse care and safety standards, and we have a proven track record of pushing those standards forward.
“1/ST Racing and MJC intend to review the relevant facts and information relating to the reported medication positive as a result of the post-race blood sample testing completed by Churchill Downs following the 147th Kentucky Derby involving Medina Spirit trained by Bob Baffert. We are consulting with the Maryland Racing Commission and any decision regarding the entry of Medina Spirit in the 146th Preakness Stakes will be made after review of the facts.”
The draw for the May 14 Black-Eyed Susan Day card at Pimlico has also been postponed, from May 9 to May 10.