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?

Racing board seeks DQ of Justify in Santa Anita Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

YAHOO! SPORTS reports: LOS ANGELES — The California Horse Racing Board has voted to proceed with a complaint seeking the disqualification of Justify from his victory in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby based on laboratory findings that show his post-race sample tested positive for scopolamine. The racing board won’t file a complaint against Hall of… Continue reading Racing board seeks DQ of Justify in Santa Anita Derby

CHRB agree to investigate Justify scopolamine issue to settle lawsuit

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

Mick Ruis announced on July 24, 2020, that he has reached an agreement in principle with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) regarding a settlement of pending litigation in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The preliminary agreement is intended to resolve claims against the CHRB for failure to hold a purse disqualification hearing related to… Continue reading CHRB agree to investigate Justify scopolamine issue to settle lawsuit

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?

Innovative Tools to Detect Lameness and Pre-existing Injury in Racehorses

Mongolian Groom. Sports Illustrated image.

By JANE ALLIN LAMENESS LOCATOR Lameness is a term used to describe a horse’s change in gait, usually in response to pain in a limb that can occur due to a wide variety of causes (e.g. degenerative joint disease, laminitis, infection). Some conditions are more easily diagnosed and treated than others, which may only cause… Continue reading Innovative Tools to Detect Lameness and Pre-existing Injury in Racehorses

Frolicking filly by Justify

Justify works out at Belmont in preparation for the final leg of the Triple Crown. Image by Julie Jacobson / AP

https://twitter.com/BarodaStudIre/status/1224438390210228226?s=03 It is virtually impossible not to be very concerned for this precious little filly's future, especially viewing her sweet innocence which all purpose bred racehorses begin their lives with. Propagandists for the industry would say that without horse racing she would not have been born, and that racehorses love to race and live pampered… Continue reading Frolicking filly by Justify

Bob Baffert, Justify and the Chemical Triple Crown

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

by VIVIAN FARRELL Everyone who knows us knows we are no fans of Thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert. He is a cheater, a liar and a doper. I had written a dear colleague a day or so ago stating it is my opinion that when all is said and done, Baffert's Triple Crown Winner, Justify, would… Continue reading Bob Baffert, Justify and the Chemical Triple Crown