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

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

Officials worked secretly to clear Bob Baffert’s Justify during his 2018 Triple Crown run, records show

By Gus Garcia-Roberts | Washington Post | Los Angeles | June 29, 2021 | 5:04 p.m. EDT In 2018, as star trainer Bob Baffert led his thoroughbred Justify to the Triple Crown, California regulators embarked on a secret effort to exonerate Baffert after the horse’s positive test for a banned substance, according to confidential records obtained… Continue reading Officials worked secretly to clear Bob Baffert’s Justify during his 2018 Triple Crown run, records show

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

Desperate Baffert now claiming “cancel culture”

By Katelyn Burns, MSNBC Opinion Columnist for MSNBC writes: Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a drug test over the weekend and his Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert, is denying any wrongdoing — and blaming cancel culture. Baffert went on Fox News Monday morning to talk about the test, which could threaten his horse’s Derby win and… Continue reading Desperate Baffert now claiming “cancel culture”

Black jockeys and American horse racing

THE KENTUCKY DERBY Jae Jones, writing for BLACK THEN, tells us: "Oliver Lewis became the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, America’s longest continuous sporting event, on May 17, 1875. His time of 2 minutes, 37.75 seconds also set an American record over the mile and a half distance (the Kentucky Derby became a… Continue reading Black jockeys and American horse racing

Racing board seeks DQ of Justify in Santa Anita Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

YAHOO! SPORTS reports: LOS ANGELES — The California Horse Racing Board has voted to proceed with a complaint seeking the disqualification of Justify from his victory in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby based on laboratory findings that show his post-race sample tested positive for scopolamine. The racing board won’t file a complaint against Hall of… Continue reading Racing board seeks DQ of Justify in Santa Anita Derby

Kentucky Derby moved to the first Saturday in September

Churchill Downs Aerial Shot. WDRB.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — As a global coronavirus pandemic spreads, Churchill Downs Inc. says it will move the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby to Saturday, September 5. The late-summer Derby would mark the first time the race isn't held the first Saturday in May since 1945, when it was postponed to June during the waning… Continue reading Kentucky Derby moved to the first Saturday in September

Horse Racing Integrity: The Owners

By VIVIAN GRANT FARRELL I don't think it would be unfair to say that horse racing is in an ever increasing state of crisis. That means the horses are also. Racehorses are bred, used and disposed of at an alarming rate. They are drugged, their bodies manipulated in grotesque ways from the moment they are… Continue reading Horse Racing Integrity: The Owners

Bob Baffert, Justify and the Chemical Triple Crown

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

by VIVIAN FARRELL Everyone who knows us knows we are no fans of Thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert. He is a cheater, a liar and a doper. I had written a dear colleague a day or so ago stating it is my opinion that when all is said and done, Baffert's Triple Crown Winner, Justify, would… Continue reading Bob Baffert, Justify and the Chemical Triple Crown