KHRC alleges ‘lack of candor and contemptuous conduct’ by New York lab, Baffert attorneys

LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL | 20th July 2021 by TIM SULLIVAN The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission filed a status report and motion for order on Monday in the Medina Spirit case, reports the Courier-Journal, requesting that Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate compel trainer Bob Baffert's attorneys to disclose results of testing on a urine sample the court had… Continue reading KHRC alleges ‘lack of candor and contemptuous conduct’ by New York lab, Baffert attorneys

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

Officials worked secretly to clear Bob Baffert’s Justify during his 2018 Triple Crown run, records show

By Gus Garcia-Roberts | Washington Post | Los Angeles | June 29, 2021 | 5:04 p.m. EDT In 2018, as star trainer Bob Baffert led his thoroughbred Justify to the Triple Crown, California regulators embarked on a secret effort to exonerate Baffert after the horse’s positive test for a banned substance, according to confidential records obtained… Continue reading Officials worked secretly to clear Bob Baffert’s Justify during his 2018 Triple Crown run, records show

Jockey Club weighs in on Baffert vs NYRA

Attorney Susan Phillips Read has filed a request on behalf of The Jockey Club to provide an amicus brief in the civil lawsuit filed by trainer Bob Baffert against the New York Racing Association, reports BloodHorse.com. An amicus brief is provided by a person or entity who is not a party to a case who assists… Continue reading Jockey Club weighs in on Baffert vs NYRA

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

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?

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

Positive drug test confirmed for Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit

BY JOE DRAPE \ NEW YORK TIMES \ 2ND JUNE 2021 The colt, trained by Bob Baffert, stands to become the second horse in the history of the race to be disqualified for a positive drug test. Medina Spirit’s positive drug test after the Kentucky Derby has been confirmed, setting the stage for the colt… Continue reading Positive drug test confirmed for Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit

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