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

Judge nullifies horse trainer Bob Baffert’s NY suspension

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal judge on Wednesday [ July 14th] nullified the suspension of horse trainer Bob Baffert, finding that the New York Racing Association acted unconstitutionally by failing to let him adequately respond to claims made against him after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test. In… Continue reading Judge nullifies horse trainer Bob Baffert’s NY suspension

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

NYRA responds to Baffert lawsuit

Dismissing Bob Baffert's claims of irreparable damage as "entirely speculative," and characterizing the costs to his reputation as self-inflicted, The Jockey Club argued against the Hall of Fame trainer's move to overturn his temporary suspension by the New York Racing Association in an amicus brief filed Wednesday. Bob Baffert was banned at NYRA tracks on May 17, after he acknowledged… Continue reading NYRA responds to Baffert lawsuit

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

Bob’s burning bucks on yet another lawsuit; this time the NYRA

We have lost track of the lawsuits Baffert has been filing since Medina Spirit's tossed out Kentucky Derby win. But this is likely his latest. Sigh. The following comes via The Spun via TMZ Sports. "As two-time Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert continues to deal with the fallout of Medina Spirit’s failed drug test, he’s now filing a… Continue reading Bob’s burning bucks on yet another lawsuit; this time the NYRA

No final ruling in Baffert lawsuit, urine will be tested

HORSE RACING NATION reports that :— Franklin Circuit Court judge Thomas Wingate did not issue a final ruling at Friday’s hearing as the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and attorneys for Zedan Racing Stables and Bob Baffert argued as to what quantity of Medina Spirit’s urine sample should be sent to a lab for further testing.… Continue reading No final ruling in Baffert lawsuit, urine will be tested

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