Racing officials in Kentucky and New York move to marginalize trainer Bob Baffert

Sep 11, 2021

The embattled horse trainer Bob Baffert got bad news on Friday from two prominent corners of the horse racing world.

Churchill Downs warned horse owners that they were putting their Kentucky Derby dreams in jeopardy if Baffert continued as their trainer while he was still suspended as a result of Medina Spirit’s positive drug test after this year’s Derby.

And the New York Racing Association, determined to have the final word on who is allowed to compete on its racetracks, charged Baffert with “conduct that is detrimental” to the sport and “potentially injurious” to both horses and riders — its second attempt to suspend him.

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