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

No ruling yet in Baffert, NYRA case; wife runs DuJour in NY

The hearing for Bob Baffert's civil suit against the New York Racing Association was adjourned July 12 without Judge Carol Bagley Amon rendering a verdict in the Hall of Fame trainer's bid to overturn NYRA's temporary suspension that is blocking him from entering and racing horses at its three racetracks. Judge Amon said she will… Continue reading No ruling yet in Baffert, NYRA case; wife runs DuJour in NY

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

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

Coverage of Santa Anita carnage rolls on

The drama surrounding Santa Anita, the current poster child for racetrack carnage in America, continues as those in and out of horse racing debate and comment. Commentators are citing things like the track surface, bad weather, how often horses are being pushed to race to fill cards to meet gambling quotas, as reasons for the… Continue reading Coverage of Santa Anita carnage rolls on

Inquiry faults racing officials in horse fatalities at Aqueduct

Horses at Starting Gate. Google Image.

by JOE DRAPE and WALTER BOGDANICH Cross-posted from the New York Times SELECTED EXCERPT Only veterinarians can legally prescribe medicine for horses, yet veterinarians often let trainers, who are paid to win races, make medical decisions, including which drugs to use. These veterinarians also have a powerful financial incentive to prescribe drugs. They are both… Continue reading Inquiry faults racing officials in horse fatalities at Aqueduct

Horses entered for the Travers Stakes face heightened scrutiny

Stay Thirsty / Travers Stakes Winner 2011. Photo: Hans Pennink/AP.

Joe Drape writing for the New York Times reports: "New York authorities have ordered that all horses racing in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 25 be placed under 24-hour surveillance, and their trainers will have to document each medical treatment a horse receives in the 72 hours before the race." and "For the Belmont Stakes… Continue reading Horses entered for the Travers Stakes face heightened scrutiny

New York seizes control of horse racing tracks

Aerial view of Belmont Park. Google image

Cross-posted from ABC News WRITTEN BY RICHARD ESPOSITO With the Belmont Stakes -- and a potential Triple Crown victory for I'll Have Another – just weeks away, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that the state will seize control of the scandal-plagued organization that operates the Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga racetracks. Under the terms… Continue reading New York seizes control of horse racing tracks

New York horsemen present Medication Reform Policy

Thoroughbred Horse

Cross-posted from the Blood-Horse WRITTEN BY BLOOD-HORSE STAFF The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association April 13 announced a plan to reform medication policies in Thoroughbred racing. The five-point proposal, first presented last year, is designed to address many of the issues that have recently brought criticism to the sport. "While we are hoping for industry-wide… Continue reading New York horsemen present Medication Reform Policy