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Churchill Downs Lifts Baffert's Suspension

Trainer was barred for more than three years after Medina Spirit failed a drug test

(Newser) - Churchill Downs has rescinded its extended suspension of Bob Baffert, allowing the Hall of Fame trainer to resume racing his horses at the historic track and partner facilities after more than three years of banishment for a failed drug test of 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit . The stunning announcement...

One Baffert Horse Euthanized, Another Wins the Preakness

National Treasure's victory means there will be no Triple Crown winner

(Newser) - Bob Baffert’s National Treasure won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, ending Mage’s Triple Crown bid in the trainer’s return from a suspension—and just hours after another of his 3-year-old horses was euthanized on the track . Baffert headed to the winner’s circle on the same day...

Horse Trained by Baffert Euthanized on Track

Havnameltdown throws jockey, who's hospitalized, in race before Preakness

(Newser) - A horse trained by Bob Baffert broke down Saturday during an undercard race before the Preakness and was euthanized on the track. Luis Saez, the jockey, suffered a leg injury and was hospitalized. Havnameltdown, a 3-year-old colt stumbled near the final turn at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, the...

Medina Spirit Stripped of Kentucky Derby Win

Since-deceased horse tested positive for substance banned on race day

(Newser) - Medina Spirit was stripped of the victory in last year’s Kentucky Derby and Mandaloun was declared the winner after a ruling by state racing stewards on Monday. The since-deceased Medina Spirit tested positive after the race last May for a steroid, betamethasone, that is legal in Kentucky but banned...

Derby Winner Medina Spirit Dies After Workout

Trainer Bob Baffert says colt, which tested positive for a steroid after derby, had heart attack

(Newser) - Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit collapsed and died after a workout Monday at California's Santa Anita track, per the AP . The 3-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert had just completed five furlongs in his second workout since finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic a month ago at Del...

Churchill Downs Hits Star Trainer With 2-Year Suspension

Bob Baffert will be barred from company tracks after second Medina Spirit drug test confirmed first

(Newser) - After a second test on his Kentucky Derby winner came back positive for a banned steroid, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended by Churchill Downs. The punishment will last till the end of the 2023 spring meet, the Washington Post reports. "Substance violations that jeopardize the...

No Triple Crown This Year: Rombauer Wins Preakness
11-1 Rombauer
Takes Preakness

11-1 Rombauer Takes Preakness

Medina Sprint finishes third after being overtaken on home stretch

(Newser) - Rombauer has given trainer Michael McCarthy his first Triple Crown victory and denied Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby winner Medina Sprint the chance at a Triple Crown—which would have come with a giant asterisk. Rombauer, ridden by Flavien Prat, won the 146th running of the Preakness on Saturday as an...

'Cancel Culture' Is Off the Hook in Derby Winner's Drug Test

Trainer Bob Baffert says ointment used on Medina Spirit contained steroid

(Newser) - A day after he blamed "cancel culture" for the Kentucky Derby winner he trained flunking a postrace drug test , Bob Baffert has acknowledged that there is a likelier suspect: an ointment that contains the drug Medina Spirit tested positive for. In a statement Tuesday, Baffert said his veterinarian had...

Trump Offers Statement on Kentucky Derby Doping Scandal

As horse trainer blames 'cancel culture'

(Newser) - Bob Baffert blames "cancel culture" for the controversy surrounding the Kentucky Derby win of a horse he trained, Medina Spirit, which flunked a drug test after the race . "We live in a different world now," the trainer told Fox News on Monday. "This America is different....

Kentucky Derby Winner Flunks Postrace Drug Test

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert: 'We didn't do it'

(Newser) - Medina Spirit, the winner of last weekend's Kentucky Derby, has flunked a postrace drug test. The test sample was found to include 21 picograms, twice the legal threshold, of the steroid betamethasone. "I was totally shocked when I heard this news," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert...

Triple Crown Winner Got a Secret Break Before Derby

'New York Times' says Justify failed a drug test, was still allowed to run

(Newser) - Justify won the Triple Crown in 2018 and immediately became the most valuable horse in history thanks to a $60 million deal for his stud fees. But as the New York Times reports, there's now a big question of whether the horse trained by the legendary Bob Baffert should...

Justify Wins Sloppy Kentucky Derby
Justify Wins Sloppy
Kentucky Derby

Justify Wins Sloppy Kentucky Derby

Bob Baffert wins again at Churchill Downs

(Newser) - It was a slog through three inches of rain that fell at Churchill Downs on Saturday, but Bob Baffert-trained colt Justify had the first nose across the finish line at the Run for the Roses, reports the Washington Post . Justify won by 2 1/2 lengths and is now the first...

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