strong, the early Kentucky Derby Favorite who withdrew just hours before the first leg of the Triple Crown last weekend, tested positive for drugs in September, according to a report on Tuesday.

The controversy surrounding the world of horse racing, in which seven horses died from injuries after the race prior to the The Kentucky Derby, took another turn this week after a New York Times report revealed that Forte had released a drug test result after winning a race in September at a race track in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Forte runs on the track

Forte runs on the track during morning practice for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Sources told the outlet that the horse was evaluated after the race but has not yet been adjudicated by New York regulators.

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They added that Forte tested positive for a substance used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Forte was dropped from Saturday’s Derby over concerns of a bruised right front foot. The injury may have arisen from training Thursday where the colt stumbled on the track.

Forte washes up in the barn

Forte washes up in the stable area after morning workouts in preparation for the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Forte went on a five-race winning streak and was the early 3–1 favourite.

Kentucky racing officials placed Forte on a 14-day mandatory vet list this week, casting doubt on his ability to compete in the Preakness.

A statement from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) cited HISA Rule 2241a in listing Forte and stated that the horse must undergo «satisfactory training» to a state veterinarian and have a negative blood sample for be removed.

Todd Pletcher, Forte's coach

Forte’s (15) trainer Todd Pletcher at rear at Churchill Downs early in the morning before the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2023, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (Jeff Moreland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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According to the Times report, Forte’s trainer Todd Pletcher is expected to meet with New York racing officials on Wednesday regarding the failed drug test.

Associated Press contributed to this report.