Baffert’s suspension upheld by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

WLKY television reported the following on March 4, 2022: The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is upholding the suspension of famed horse trainer Bob Baffert. Baffert was suspended for 90 days after Kentucky stewards disqualified the 2021 Kentucky Derby-winning horse Medina Spirit, who failed a post-race drug test. The suspension was scheduled to start Tuesday, but… Continue reading Baffert’s suspension upheld by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

Federal horse-doping trial begins

"The Jan. 19 selection of jurors for the federal horse-doping trial of Dr. Seth Fishman and Lisa Giannelli was extended into at least a second day when only 37 of 75 potential jurors were questioned inside a lower Manhattan courthouse," writes BloodHorse magazine. "Fishman and Giannelli are facing federal charges for allegedly working through a… Continue reading Federal horse-doping trial begins

The Baffert-tarnished but still lustrous resume of Gamine

“Heavily favored Gamine (1-5) added to her glowing resume with a 10-length romp in the $200,000, Grade 2 Great Lady M Stakes on Monday, the final day of the summer meet at Los Alamitos,’’ reported Horse Racing Nation on July 5th, 2021. HRN continues, “Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for owner Michael L.… Continue reading The Baffert-tarnished but still lustrous resume of Gamine

Raid finds ‘Significant Amount of Contraband’ at Parx

REPORTED BY BLOODHORSE.COM 5/25/21 Raid carried out by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. A recent raid on the backside of Parx Racing carried out by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission revealed "a significant amount of contraband," Tom Chuckas, the director of the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Bureau at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, said during a… Continue reading Raid finds ‘Significant Amount of Contraband’ at Parx

Kentucky Horse Racing Commissioners have business ties with Baffert, PETA says

PRESS RELEASE | 11 MAY 2021 Louisville, Ky. – PETA is calling on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to explain how it will deal with conflicts of interest that may arise in adjudicating an alleged drug violation by Bob Baffert, given that three commissioners appear to have business ties with the trainer. The letter to the commission,… Continue reading Kentucky Horse Racing Commissioners have business ties with Baffert, PETA says

Will Baffert get away unscathed…again?

Twitter is alive with Baffert tweets. No surprise there. Not much support out there for him in or out of horse racing this time around. Perhaps horse racing is at long last finally fed up with Baffert and the damage he has done. Not that he stands alone in that department. There are plenty of… Continue reading Will Baffert get away unscathed…again?

Substance charges laid following Queensland stewards probe

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AAP | nine.com.au | (23 Jun. 20) — Queensland stewards have charged 15 people, including 13 trainers, with buying unregistered substances after a state wide investigation over the past two months. In a statement on Wednesday morning, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission said it had informed 13 thoroughbred trainers, one stable hand and one jockey… Continue reading Substance charges laid following Queensland stewards probe

Eight Belles — racing 10 years on

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by JANE ALLIN The Kentucky Derby this Saturday marks the tenth anniversary of the catastrophic breakdown of Eight Belles. Racing with the boys, she crossed the wire 4 ¾ lengths behind Big Brown, finishing second - the first filly since 1999 to run in the Derby — only to collapse with two shattered ankles and… Continue reading Eight Belles — racing 10 years on

Frog juice drug resurfaces at Louisiana racetracks; vet charged

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BATON ROUGE, LA — Do you remember the Louisiana trainers that were busted for giving racehorses the illegal drug Dermorphin? Well, they've been at it again. Only this time the racetrack vet is taking the fall and has reportedly been charged along with a healthcare company. ABC via the Associated Press reports: A Louisiana veterinarian has been… Continue reading Frog juice drug resurfaces at Louisiana racetracks; vet charged

Tricks of the Trade: How EPO is used for blood-doping a horse

Cross-posted from The Paulick Report » by RAY PAULICK Erythropoietin is a hormone produced naturally by the kidney that helps regulate the production of red blood cells. Epogen is a drug developed by scientists in the 1980s to treat human diseases like anemia, where red blood cell counts are insufficiently low. Epogen, or EPO for short, quickly… Continue reading Tricks of the Trade: How EPO is used for blood-doping a horse