Bob Baffert Suspended 15 Days for Drug Positives

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The Arkansas Racing Commission suspended the Hall of Fame coach Bob Baffert for 15 days on Wednesday and vacated the victories of two of his horses after they examined optimistic for a banned substance.One of the horses, Charlatan, received a division of the Arkansas Derby on May 2. The colt’s house owners will forfeit the $300,000 in prize cash for ending first. The proprietor of the opposite horse, a filly named Gamine, should forfeit a $36,000 first-place verify received in an allowance race earlier that day. The suspension will run from Aug. 1 to 15.On June 20, Gamine received the Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park in New York by nearly 19 lengths in a stakes-record time of 1 minute 32.55 seconds, a efficiency that impressed speak of the filly taking over males within the Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled for Sept. 5.Baffert is America’s pre-eminent lively coach. He has received the Kentucky Derby 5 instances. In 2015, he skilled American Pharoah, the primary horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Baffert received his second Triple Crown in 2018 with the colt Justify.Baffert has additionally caught the eye of regulators through the years. These are his 26th and 27th drug violations, in accordance with public data compiled by the Association of Racetrack Commissioners International and the Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings database maintained by the Jockey Club.Charlatan and Gamine had two samples take a look at optimistic for lidocaine, an area numbing agent, in accordance with an individual who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the case had not been absolutely adjudicated. The Times reported on the optimistic exams of their first samples in late May.Lidocaine can be utilized legitimately for suturing wounds or as a diagnostic instrument to find out if horses are sound sufficient to compete. The drug may be current in ointments or lotions used on cuts or abrasions. It is regulated due to its potential to masks lameness in an unsound horse.In a listening to, Baffert and his representatives argued that the horses had been unintentionally uncovered to the lidocaine by an assistant coach, Jimmy Barnes, who had utilized a medicinal patch to his personal again. Barnes had damaged his pelvis, and the model of patch he used, Salonpas, incorporates small quantities of Lidocaine. The drug was transferred from his arms by the applying of a tongue tie, they stated.A lawyer for Baffert, W. Craig Robertson, stated the coach was disenchanted within the ruling and deliberate to attraction. In a press release, he stated, “This is a case of innocent exposure and not intentional administration.”Four days after Charlatan’s runaway victory within the Arkansas Derby, the colt’s stallion rights had been bought for an undisclosed sum to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms. The colt missed the Belmont Stakes with an ankle damage, and Baffert has stated he’ll miss the Kentucky Derby, as properly. Charlatan could possibly come again in time for the Preakness on Oct. 3.Baffert-trained Justify failed a drug take a look at after successful the Santa Anita Derby, nearly a month earlier than the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Justify wound up successful the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont that 12 months for the Triple Crown. The rule on the books when Justify failed the take a look at required that the horse be disqualified, forfeiting each his prize cash from the Santa Anita Derby and his entry into the Kentucky Derby.California racing officers investigated the failed take a look at for 4 months, permitting Justify to maintain competing lengthy sufficient to win the Triple Crown. In August, after Justify’s breeding rights had been bought for $60 million, the California Horse Racing Board — whose chairman on the time, Chuck Winner, had employed Baffert to coach his horses — disposed of the inquiry in a uncommon closed-door session.The board dominated that Justify’s optimistic take a look at for the banned drug scopolamine had been the results of “environmental contamination,” not intentional doping. Baffert has denied any wrongdoing, however the amount of the drug present in Justify recommended that it was current not due to contamination in his feed or his bedding however relatively due to an effort to boost efficiency, in accordance with Dr. Rick Sams, who ran the drug lab for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission from 2011 to 2018.Mick Ruis, the proprietor of the second-place horse within the Santa Anita Derby, is in litigation with California officers to have his colt Bolt d’Oro declared the winner and awarded the $600,000 first-place verify.

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