RAY’S PADDOCK, PAULICK REPORT. 6 Jul. 20 — QUOTE. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert claims that two horses in his barn were “unknowingly and innocently exposed” to a banned substance that wound up in their post-race test samples from May 2 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
Information leaked from initial testing by the Arkansas Racing Commission’s contracted laboratory in late May indicated that Gamine and Charlatan both tested positive for the Class 2 drug lidocaine, according to the New York Times. Gamine won a May 2 allowance race by a neck. She subsequently won the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park on June 20 by 18 ¾ lengths. Charlatan won a division of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and shortly thereafter suffered a minor ankle injury that will have him sidelined until after the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby. Both horses are unbeaten in three starts.
Split samples, sent at Baffert’s request to the Equine Analytical Testing Laboratory at the University of California-Davis, confirmed the findings, as first reported in the New York Times.
Lidocaine is used by veterinarians during lameness examinations to “block” or numb a horse’s limbs. It is also commonly found in ointments and analgesic treatments and patches to alleviate pain in humans.
A statement from Baffert’s attorney, Craig Robertson, said both Gamine and Charlatan were exposed to the lidocaine from a patch worn by a member of the trainer’s staff suffering back pain while tending to the horses at Oaklawn. UNQUOTE.
Some say Baffert is a genius trainer. Oh, we concur he is an excellent conditioner . . . . of sorts. But if he is a genius at anything, in our opinion rightly or wrongly, he is a genius racehorse doper and escape artist. One wonders. How good a conditioner would he be if he had to rely only on water, hay and oats?
One wonders this as well. Does Bob Baffert lie in bed at night laughing to himself at how yet again he has played the horse racing nation as complete and utter fools?
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