Racehorses and what they feel

Since this year's Kentucky Derby, people inside and outside of horse racing are talking more than ever about the future of this so called "sport". We have already posted some, but feel the following is another, slightly different take. —Tuesday Horse What do horses feel at the Kentucky Derby? Mostly fear and pain. US audiences… Continue reading Racehorses and what they feel

Another dead racehorse. Baffert “devastated.”

“Devastated? You can't make this stuff up. Why is this man still being allowed to train and kill racehorses?” — Tuesday's Horse By Ben Church and Homero De la Fuente (CNN, May 20, 2023) — One of the horses in an undercard race before today’s Preakness Stakes, the Bob Baffert-trained Havnameltdown, has been euthanized, after… Continue reading Another dead racehorse. Baffert “devastated.”

NY scientific expert found Otomax in Medina Spirits’ post race urine

Medina Spirit's KY Derby Participation 'Folly' Scientist says horse should not have been allowed to run after treatment with Otomax. THE BLOODHORSE reports: (28 June 22, 1:04 pm) — Dr. George Maylin, a New York scientific expert who tested post-race urine from Medina Spirit  after the 2021 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs and reported… Continue reading NY scientific expert found Otomax in Medina Spirits’ post race urine

Baffert suspended from Preakness

Do we think that the punishments of Bob Baffert are instilling fear in other cheating and doping racehorse trainers? Not a bit. It would not surprise us if U.S. trainers are so addicted to drugging their horses that they no longer know how to condition them for a race without it. In the meantime, Baffert… Continue reading Baffert suspended from Preakness

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