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 news roundup 8/27

• Two arrested in Oz following racing fixing probe via Paulick Report Two individuals have been arrested in Australia after a race-fixing probe, reports racing.com. Racing Victoria is among the three racing codes to have assisted the Victoria police's Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit, whose investigation was focused on “the alleged use of illegal substances in racing… Continue reading Racing news roundup 8/27

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

Del Mar next to come under the Baffert spotlight

THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE As the horse-racing world waits to learn the total fallout from the apparent drug-related disqualification of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, Baffert remains the biggest name — and flammable debate tinder — as Del Mar rushes toward opening its summer meet Friday, writes Bryce Miller. Should Del Mar ban Baffert from its stalls,… Continue reading Del Mar next to come under the Baffert spotlight

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

Calhoun suspended after horse tests positive for cannabidiol

HORSE RACING NATION (Apr 14, 2020) — In a ruling posted Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission suspended trainer Bret Calhoun for 30 days and fined him $500 stemming from a positive test for cannabidiol in a winning filly last July at Ellis Park. Calhoun will serve 10 days of the suspension through April 23. Citing… Continue reading Calhoun suspended after horse tests positive for cannabidiol

In wake of doping scandal, Kentucky may fund national testing lab

By Ryan Dickey | Horse Racing Nation Kentucky legislators have passed a one-year budget for the upcoming fiscal year with three initiatives intended to bolster the integrity of horse racing in the state and on a national level.  An $11.3 billion general fund budget is awaiting approval by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Three horse racing-specific… Continue reading In wake of doping scandal, Kentucky may fund national testing lab

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission poised to phase out Lasix in Stakes races

A racehorse steps onto the track during training. Image by Clarence Alford.

MATT HEGARTY writing for the Daily Racing Form reports: The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday is expected to approve a regulation that would phase out the raceday use of the anti-bleeding medication furosemide before stakes races beginning in 2013. If approved, horses in the 2014 Kentucky Derby would be prohibited from receiving an injection… Continue reading Kentucky Horse Racing Commission poised to phase out Lasix in Stakes races