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

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

John Clay: How does the 2021 Kentucky Derby drug scandal compare to Dancer’s Image in 1968?

John Clay of the Lexington-Herald Leader writes: So how does the 2021 Kentucky Derby drug scandal compare to the 1968 Kentucky Derby drug scandal? “The biggest difference is social media,” said Milton Toby, a Georgetown attorney who wrote the book “Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby.” “There wasn’t the 24-hour news… Continue reading John Clay: How does the 2021 Kentucky Derby drug scandal compare to Dancer’s Image in 1968?

Baffert suspended, horses DQ’d

Pinocchio wooden puppet. Image source: Junkalia

You must be as tired of hearing about Baffert as we are of reporting on him. Today we post only to follow up on his suspected doping at Oaklawn Park. The results, as they say, are in. The BloodHorse reports: Oaklawn Park stewards have announced a 15-day suspension for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert… Continue reading Baffert suspended, horses DQ’d

Baffert attorney claims human back pain patch caused drug positives for Gamine, Charlatan

RAY'S PADDOCK, PAULICK REPORT. 6 Jul. 20 — QUOTE. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert claims that two horses in his barn were “unknowingly and innocently exposed” to a banned substance that wound up in their post-race test samples from May 2 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Information leaked from initial testing by… Continue reading Baffert attorney claims human back pain patch caused drug positives for Gamine, Charlatan

Will the Teflon effect keep Bob bobbing along?

Bob Baffert, U.S. Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.

by JANE ALLIN The Triple Crown races are upon us again, albeit postponed, and Baffert is back in the news. Two of his horses, one a top contender for the Belmont Stakes, tested positive for Lidocaine. Not one but two — Charlatan and stable mate Gamine — both of whom won on the race card… Continue reading Will the Teflon effect keep Bob bobbing along?