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

Kentucky Derby bettors suing Bob Baffert and seeking his removal from horse racing

BREAKING NEWS | Louisville Courier-Journal | Tim Sullivan Read it at Courier-Journal.com With Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit favored to win the second leg of racing's Triple Crown Saturday at Pimlico, trainer Bob Baffert stands accused of fraud, racketeering and negligence in a pair of class-action lawsuits -- one that seeks his removal from thoroughbred… Continue reading Kentucky Derby bettors suing Bob Baffert and seeking his removal from horse racing

Pour Medina Spirit’s positive test ‘down the sink?’

By JASON FRAKES | Louisville Courier Journal | 13 May 2021 BALTIMORE – Social media was buzzing Wednesday evening after D. Wayne Lukas defended fellow trainer Bob Baffert and suggested regulators who found betamethasone in Medina Spirit’s blood “should probably have poured it down the sink.” The 85-year-old Lukas — six-time winner of the Preakness and among… Continue reading Pour Medina Spirit’s positive test ‘down the sink?’

Kentucky Horse Racing Commissioners have business ties with Baffert, PETA says

PRESS RELEASE | 11 MAY 2021 Louisville, Ky. – PETA is calling on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to explain how it will deal with conflicts of interest that may arise in adjudicating an alleged drug violation by Bob Baffert, given that three commissioners appear to have business ties with the trainer. The letter to the commission,… Continue reading Kentucky Horse Racing Commissioners have business ties with Baffert, PETA says

Will Baffert get away unscathed…again?

Twitter is alive with Baffert tweets. No surprise there. Not much support out there for him in or out of horse racing this time around. Perhaps horse racing is at long last finally fed up with Baffert and the damage he has done. Not that he stands alone in that department. There are plenty of… Continue reading Will Baffert get away unscathed…again?

What to know about Betamethasone

Jane Allin is our genius level resident expert on anything chemical. Alas, she is busy elsewhere so we will have to make do with mere mortals. Actually, all we are going to do — because it is all we can do — is borrow from others who have explained it elsewhere. This drug is in… Continue reading What to know about Betamethasone

Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive for regulated drug, trainer Bob Baffert says he’ll fight it

Smiling Bob Baffert.

Well, well, well. Bob Baffert is under serious scrutiny once again. However, "Teflon Bob" may not get away with it this time. Medina Spirit, the Bob Baffert-trained horse who won the 2021 Kentucky Derby, tested positive for a regulated drug, betamethasone, putting Baffert's 7th Kentucky Derby win under a black cloud. Look at this. You… Continue reading Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive for regulated drug, trainer Bob Baffert says he’ll fight it