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Essential Quality (2), with jockey Luis Saez up, crosses the finish line to win the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) **FILE**

Essential Quality probably tops in Triple Crown gray area

- Associated Press

More than five weeks since the Kentucky Derby and with the Belmont Stakes over, the Triple Crown season is still muddled in uncertainty. Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit could be disqualified from the Derby, making Belmont winner Essential Quality probably the best horse in what was a gray area of a Triple Crown season.

Trainer Bob Baffert hands the winner's trophy to jockey John Velazquez after they victory with Medina Spirit in the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) **FILE**

Medina Spirit heads to Preakness Stakes, minus trainer Bob Baffert

- Associated Press

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit is headed to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes while trainer Bob Baffert said Monday that he won’t attend the race to avoid being a distraction in the wake of scrutiny following the colt’s failed postrace drug test.

In this March 26, 2020, file photo, tractors groom the racing surface at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Pimlico, which opened in 1870, is set to be rebuilt over the next two-plus years. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) **FILE**

Optimism for Pimlico Race Course’s future is renewed with looming rebuild

- Associated Press

There’s a renewed sense of long-term optimism about the home of the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown. After years of uncertainty during which the building continued to deteriorate, the owners of the track and government officials reached an agreement to rebuild Pimlico and keep the Preakness in Baltimore.

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Kentucky Derby entrant Essential Quality waits to work out at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in this Thursday, April 29, 2021, file photo. Essential Quality was set as a 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. Essential Quality went off as the Derby favorite and finished fourth. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) **FILE**

Essential Quality is 2-1 morning line favorite for Belmont

- Associated Press

Essential Quality was set Tuesday as a 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes, which will be run Saturday without a horse from trainer Bob Baffert pending an investigation into Medina Spirit's failed drug test after winning the Kentucky Derby.

John Velazquez rides Medina Spirit across the finish line to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

EXPLAINER: Derby winner's failed test latest in horse doping

- Associated Press

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test, once again raising questions about horse doping in the sport when the colt's blood sample was found to be in violation of the state's medication protocols for racehorses.

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- Associated Press

May 11

Jockey John Velazquez, left, watches as trainer Bob Baffert holds up the winner's trophy after they victory with Medina Spirit in the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) ** FILE **

Medina Spirit could lose Ky. Derby win; track bans Baffert

- Associated Press

Medina Spirit's victory in the Kentucky Derby is in serious jeopardy because of a failed postrace drug test, one that led Churchill Downs to suspend Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Sunday in the latest scandal to plague the sport.

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May 10

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May 9

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 2, 2021 file photo, a pharmacy technician loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. On Friday, March 7 The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that Pfizer admitted in its COVID-19 clinical trial protocol document that vaccinated people can “shed” the vaccine, emitting materials that can spread to unvaccinated people by inhalation or skin contact.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

- Associated Press

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: