Baffert denied by Kentucky Court of Appeals

“The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday denied a motion by trainer Bob Baffert and owner Amr Zedan to stay their penalties related to Medina Spirit's betamethasone positive in the 2021 GI Kentucky Derby. This means the most severe of the sanctions, an under-appeal 90-day suspension imposed on Baffert by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission… Continue reading Baffert denied by Kentucky Court of Appeals

Tater Day and Recipe

National Tater Day is observed each year on March 31st. The holiday originally started in Kentucky to celebrate a related tuber — sweet potatoes. The town of Benton, Ky., still observes an annual Tater Day festival to honor the sweet potato. This year's festival runs April 1-4. The annual holiday, which today celebrates all varieties… Continue reading Tater Day and Recipe

Painted horses

Horse Mania Returns to Lexington Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) (Jeremy Tombs reporting) — LexArts hosted a “Play Date” at Keeneland Saturday, welcoming in schools who will be part of this year’s ‘Horse Play’ program. The schools started taking their horses or foals with them so they can begin their painting projects which will be displayed in… Continue reading Painted horses

Churchill Downs draws a hard line with Baffert

Anticipating a lawsuit that would challenge its ban of the Hall of Fame trainer, the track accused Baffert of “inventing excuses.” Joe Drape, reporting for The New York Times reports: With the Kentucky Derby approaching, Baffert has threatened to sue Churchill Downs and Carstanjen if the track in Louisville, Ky., does not lift the two-year… Continue reading Churchill Downs draws a hard line with Baffert

Court setback clouds Bob Baffert’s racing future

We cannot remember the last time we were so happy to post something. There has not been much happy news to post. We found the following encouraging. The door may be about to shut on Baffert. The title above says it. The article is written by the excellent Tim Sullivan reporting for the Louisville Courier-Journal.… Continue reading Court setback clouds Bob Baffert’s racing future

Video of Kentucky racehorse’s wild escape goes viral

A video of a Kentucky racehorse’s wild escape onto the highway went viral on social media this weekend. The racehorse, Bold and Bossy, reportedly escaped a Kentucky race track and made it across state lines. We pray they did not "punish" her. At two years old horses are still juveniles. Horseracing is just vicious enough… Continue reading Video of Kentucky racehorse’s wild escape goes viral

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)

California Horse Racing Board will not suspend Baffert’s license without due process

PAULICK REPORT PRESS RELEASE | 5/24/21 — The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) is aware of the situation surrounding Bob Baffert and the alleged positive relative to the Kentucky Derby. Racetracks in Kentucky and New York have temporarily precluded Mr. Baffert from entering horses and/or using stalls. To date, the regulatory bodies in those two… Continue reading California Horse Racing Board will not suspend Baffert’s license without due process

California Horse Racing Board discuss impact of Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

We posted what the United States Trotting Association has to say about the HISA. They do not like it. They say it is unconstitutional. We posted what the American Quarter Horse Association has to say about the HISA. They do not like it. They say it lacks detail “concerning funding sources that would sustain the… Continue reading California Horse Racing Board discuss impact of Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

Kentucky Supreme Court undercuts historical horse racing

Historic horse racing gambling machine. Source: OnlineGambling.com.

Chris Otts, reporting for WDRB TV Louisville, writes: The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday pulled the rug out from the state's $2 billion slot-like gaming industry in a surprise decision that some lawmakers say requires a legislative response. The high court unanimously ruled that the slot-like historical horse racing system in use at three of… Continue reading Kentucky Supreme Court undercuts historical horse racing