The Medina Spirit first crossed the border in 2021, but then the horse tested positive for the banned substance, meaning the results were cancelled.

The horse trainer, Bob Baffert, was later suspended for two years by Churchill Downs and the original

Baffert later issued a lengthy statement claiming that an ointment used to treat dermatitis might have caused a positive test.

The episode, which took another sad turn after the unexpected death of Medina Spirit in December, may continue to overshadow the 

spectacle that first took place in 1875, but Derby wants to keep the controversy in the past.

Without Baffert, who won the race six times as fast, the field is wide open for an exciting race. coveted Triple Crown horse racing, which also includes Preakness Betting and Belmont Betting.

Dubbed "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" - a reference to its estimated running time - the derby is the first race in America's