The Lexington Herald Leader reports:
If you’ve been waiting on pins and needles for an official ruling from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in the Medina Spirit drug case, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer.
A hearing originally scheduled for Feb. 7 with Kentucky racing stewards over the 2021 Kentucky Derby winner’s drug positive was postponed, according to Clark Brewster, attorney for trainer Bob Baffert and Zedan Stables, which owned the late racehorse.
Brewster said Thursday that the hearing is now set for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 via Zoom. Kentucky regulations mandate that stewards hearings are closed; officials are prohibited from commenting on matters under investigation beforehand.
The ruling will be made public once the decision is official. If Baffert is stripped of the Derby purse and win, he is expected to appeal. Read more »
With details of what happened being few and far between, a day-long stewards hearing to decide whether the late Medina Spirit should remain the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby came and went Monday with no immediate result.
“We finished,” texted Clark Brewster, the attorney representing Medina Spirit trainer Bob Baffert. “All went very well. We gave them much to consider.”
A spokeswoman for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which conducted the hearing, did not return emails and telephone calls from Horse Racing Nation before and after the meeting seeking information on the hearing, which was held via Zoom and closed to the public.
A spokeswoman for Churchill Downs Inc., which was represented in the hearing by steward Tyler Picklesimer, said she did not have any details about the meeting. Read more »
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