This just in.
California stewards April 2 upheld the reciprocity of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission suspension of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, a standard practice for racing jurisdictions across the country.
The reciprocity ruling, issued by Santa Anita Park stewards Luis Jauregui, Will Meyers, and Kim Sawyer and released Saturday by the California Horse Racing Board, mirrors the KHRC suspension, which Baffert is appealing with the case set to come before a hearing officer April 18. Pursuant to CHRB Rule 1484 (evidence of unfitness for license), the ruling suspends Baffert for 90 days, April 4-July 2.
CHRB Rule 1843.3, which requires the trainer’s Santa Anita Park barn to be vacated along with all signage, colors, and training equipment before the start of a suspension of this length—and denies the trainer access to the grounds of any CHRB-licensed facility—also will be enforced.
Well, well, well. What is next in store?
PICTURED (Associated Press Photo): In this June 6, 2018, file photo, trainer Bob Baffert walks Justify around the barn. Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby and blamed the result on contaminated food. He “unequivocally” rejects the implication he’d give Justify or any other horse scopolamine, which the colt tested positive for after winning the Santa Anita Derby in April 2018. Source »
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