LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – An attorney for the New York Racing Association said Thursday that trainer Bob Baffert has a hearing date before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Medina Spirit’s positive post-race blood test for the betamethasone. , a banned substance on race days in Kentucky.
Baffert answered questions on the fourth day of a NYRA hearing to determine whether that body has the authority to suspend him for alleged actions he deemed harmful to the sport and his business activities.
Asking Baffert about a KHRC hearing, NYRA attorney Henry Greenberg asked Baffert if he had an appointment before that body, and when Baffert was unwilling to commit, Greenberg called again. insisted, asking if he had an audience with the KHRC on February 7. After Baffert replied, “Maybe so, I don’t know”, Greenberg replied, “There is a hearing, sir.”
He did not say whether that hearing was before the full commission or the state stewards. The KHRC has not confirmed a hearing date.
Baffert sued the KHRC in an attempt to have further testing done on Medina Spirit’s post-race blood and urine samples. His attorney, Craig Robertson, said subsequent urine testing by a New York lab supported the trainer’s claim that the betamethasone in Medina Spirit’s system was the result of a topical ointment applied to treat a skin condition and was not present in quantity. this would improve performance.
Medina Spirit died after a practice session at Santa Anita Park in December. The KHRC has the power to disqualify the colt and award the Derby victory and winner’s purse to Mandaloun, who finished second on the track.
Churchill Downs suspended Baffert for two years, citing an agreement signed by the trainer and his veterinarian not to treat the horses with banned substances. This suspension also carries the penalty that no horse in his care is allowed to earn Derby qualifying points.
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