Justify, the colt who won horse racing's Triple Crown in 2018, tested positive for a banned drug weeks before the Kentucky Derby, The New York Times reports, citing documents and interviews. The California Horse Racing Board discovered potentially performance-enhancing amounts of scopolamine in Justify's samples after he won the Santa Anita Derby on April 7. The test results should have disqualified Justify from racing in the Kentucky Derby on May 5, meaning he would not have won the Triple Crown. Instead, the CHRB sat on the results and eventually decided to secretly drop the case, a month after Justify won the Triple Crown. The CHRB's chairman said they proceeded with caution because scopolamine can be found in jimson weed and Justify's food could have been contaminated.

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