Baffert suing Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

June 9, 2021

KABC reports on 9th June 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 Churchill Downs Incorporated. Image: Clay Cook.

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

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4 thoughts on “Baffert suing Kentucky Horse Racing Commission”

  1. I find this almost comical, if it weren’t so typical of this cheating doper.

    I’m not sure how anyone in their sane mind would use such a lame argument.

    The rules for the Derby state that there is zero tolerance of any level of betamethasone on race day. It is irrelevant where it came from, nor does it matter how much is present per ml of blood – it is above the legal limit.

    How many more times does this idiot want to prove to the world that betamethasone was indeed present in the horse? He is just making things even uglier. The only thing I can think of is that he wants people to know he didn’t inject the steroid, if that is, in fact, true. But to have the gall to say it doesn’t count because he didn’t inject it is ludicrous.

    A positive test = violation of state rules. THE END.

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      1. Yes, that is what I am referring to – he wants the urine sample tested to confirm the betamethasone was from the ointment, not an injection. Sad little man.

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