Baffert makes his last stand

by John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times Now 68, Baffert is seeing his livelihood and reputation under attack after a series of medication infractions have made him an outcast to some in the industry and a pariah to many more outside of it. He's the person few in the business want to talk about, but everyone… Continue reading Baffert makes his last stand

Horses entered by suspended trainers can’t earn Derby points

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Points from races in the series that earn berths in the Kentucky Derby won’t be awarded to any horse trained by an individual who is suspended from entering the Kentucky Derby in 2022. The rule announced Friday by Churchill Downs also applies to any trainer directly or indirectly employed, supervised or… Continue reading Horses entered by suspended trainers can’t earn Derby points

Racing needs timely decision on Kentucky Derby drug case

This will be our last post on Bob Baffert for some time — if we have our way about it. It never occurred to us when we began covering the potential disqualification of this year's Kentucky Derby “winner” Medina Spirit on the heels of his post-race positive for the steroid betamethasone, that it was just… Continue reading Racing needs timely decision on Kentucky Derby drug case

Kentucky Judge divides Medina Spirit urine sample for tests

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has granted representatives of trainer Bob Baffert and the owners of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit much of the horse’s split urine sample to be further tested for betamethasone and other substances. The Hall of Fame trainer and Zedan Racing Stables last week sued the Kentucky Horse Racing… Continue reading Kentucky Judge divides Medina Spirit urine sample for tests

Legalities re Medina Spirit DQ and Baffert 2 yr suspension by Churchill Downs (video)

What legal standing does Churchill Downs have to banish Baffert, since it is not a regulatory agency? What are the Hall of Fame trainer's options and how have the courts ruled on similar actions by track owners? What happens next with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, now that a test of the split sample from… Continue reading Legalities re Medina Spirit DQ and Baffert 2 yr suspension by Churchill Downs (video)

Churchill bans Baffert after split sample confirmation

Many of us hoped that the Day of Reckoning would come for Bob Baffert, but could not conceive of it ever actually happening. Baffert is not called "Teflon Bob" for nothing. So, it has been almost surreal to stand by and watch the events that have unfolded since this year's Kentucky Derby. The Blood Horse,… Continue reading Churchill bans Baffert after split sample confirmation

Horseplayers file RICO lawsuit against Bob Baffert for losing Kentucky Derby wagers

By STEVE ZORN for PASTTHEWIRE.COM This is fascinating stuff. Finally someone who knows and understands is reporting on this. —TH. Mr Zorn writes: Last week, four disgruntled bettors sued Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s trainer Bob Baffert and owner Amr Zedan, claiming that the horse’s failed post—Kentucky Derby drug test was the tip of an iceberg… Continue reading Horseplayers file RICO lawsuit against Bob Baffert for losing Kentucky Derby wagers

Kentucky Derby moved to the first Saturday in September

Churchill Downs Aerial Shot. WDRB.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — As a global coronavirus pandemic spreads, Churchill Downs Inc. says it will move the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby to Saturday, September 5. The late-summer Derby would mark the first time the race isn't held the first Saturday in May since 1945, when it was postponed to June during the waning… Continue reading Kentucky Derby moved to the first Saturday in September

Churchill Downs announces new 20-position starting gate

Horses break out of the starting gate at Churchill Downs in 2012. Horse owners say luck plays an outsized role in fielding a winner after all other factors are accounted for.Credit...Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Thank heavens Churchill Downs are finally replacing that horrible Kentucky Derby starting gate that has been causing so many problems. Why these folks are so slow in correcting this disastrous decision is beyond us. They should care more about the horses and even the history of the race itself if they are going to continue… Continue reading Churchill Downs announces new 20-position starting gate

The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing

Historic twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Abbie Myers.

The Bloodhorse magazine reports: The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754), introduced in March by Congressman Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican, and Congressman Paul Tonko, a New York Democrat, has gained additional support from the House of Representatives, with 226 members now co-sponsoring the legislation.The bill received co-sponsorship from a majority of the House in mid-December.… Continue reading The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing