June 9, 2021
“Trainer Bob Baffert is suing the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, calling for more tests of Derby winner Medina Spirit. Baffert continues to argue the banned substance found in the horse’s blood was the product of a topical ointment, not an injection. Baffert faces a two-year suspension from Churchill Downs. If that holds up, he would likely be suspended from the other top tracks as well. The lawsuit was filed in Franklin Circuit Court in Kentucky yesterday.”
We have been told, not in an official capacity, that his suspension will hold up. It is true.
“Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended from Churchill Downs for two years, according to a June 2 statement by Churchill Downs Inc (CDI),” reports The Horse magazine.
All Baffert is doing is buying time with his lawsuits. Time for what? This is not going away. Here’s more.
Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI, said in the June 2 statement. “Reckless practices and substance violations that jeopardize the safety of our equine and human athletes or compromise the integrity of our sport are not acceptable, and as a company we must take measures to demonstrate that they will not be tolerated. Mr. Baffert’s record of testing failures threatens public confidence in Thoroughbred racing and the reputation of the Kentucky Derby. Given these repeated failures over the last year, including the increasingly extraordinary explanations, we firmly believe that asserting our rights to impose these measures is our duty and responsibility.”
Extraordinary indeed. Unless it is Bob Baffert.
Demands Medina Spirit’s urine sample be tested
The Lexington Herald-Leader, Janet Patton reporting, tells us:
“Attorneys for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and the owner of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit have gone to court in Frankfort to force the state’s racing commission to allow more testing.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Baffert and Zedan Racing Stables asked the court to make the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission allow testing on the urine samples taken at Churchill Downs on May 1.
A hearing on the request is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.”
Updated 4:55 pm EST
Featured Image: Pat McDonogh, Louisville Courier-Journal