Kentucky racing board upholds Bob Baffert’s suspension

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Kentucky racing officers have denied coach Bob Baffert’s request to keep his suspension for a failed postrace drug exam by Medina Spirit that led to his disqualification as Kentucky Derby winner.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission board associates on Friday voted 10- with three abstentions from the keep in a specially referred to as conference. KHRC stewards last 7 days suspended the Hall of Fame trainer for 90 times with a $7,500 fine and disqualified the now-deceased colt for obtaining the corticosteroid betamethasone in his system final May possibly. Betamethasone is permitted in Kentucky but prohibited on race working day.

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FILE - Trainer Bob Baffert stands outside his barn at Churchill Downs Monday, May 2, 2016, in Louisville, Ky.

FILE – Coach Bob Baffert stands outside his barn at Churchill Downs Monday, May possibly 2, 2016, in Louisville, Ky.
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Director Marc A. Guilfoil denied an original request to continue to be the suspension, which was scheduled to get started on March 8 but is delayed pending a March 17 hearing right before Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate.

Clark Brewster, an lawyer for Baffert, argued that the steroid came from a topical ointment relatively than an injection. KHRC basic counsel Jennifer Wolsing countered that the source of the betamethasone was irrelevant and cited Baffert’s failure to continue to keep claims to make improvements to his procedure after a series of positives by his horses.

Brewster in a statement afterward referred to as the KHRC’s conclusion “a unexpected, arbitrary departure from its very own 100-year precedent” and included that he looked forward to obtaining a keep in courtroom.

Baffert on Tuesday sued Churchill Downs in federal court docket, in search of to overturn his two-yr suspension simply because he did not receive due procedure. The observe has regarded Derby runner-up Mandaloun as race winner. Medina Spirit died on Dec. 6 of a heart assault following a work out at Santa Anita track in California.

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