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09 May 21 14:58
Date Joined: 16 Jan 07
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This was his statement in November 2010

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, whose horse Justify became the 13th Triple Crown winner in 2018, vowed to keep his horses clean after four known drug tests in his barn over the past six months.

Baffert released a statement ahead of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships this weekend, the final stop of the season. The most decorated trainer in American horse racing has at least 30 medication violations over his career, per the Louisville Courier-Journal, and is facing accusations of cheating.

Hall of Fame trainer addresses horse drug tests
Baffert has won six Kentucky Derby races, tying the record, and earned a rare Triple Crown two times in the last five years.

“I am very aware of the several incidents this year concerning my horses and the impact it has had on my family, horse racing, and me,” Baffert said in a statement, via the New York Times. “I want to have a positive influence on the sport of horse racing. Horses have been my life and I owe everything to them and the tremendous sport in which I have been so fortunate to be involved.

“We can always do better and that is my goal. Given what has transpired this year, I intend to do everything possible to ensure I receive no further medication complaints.”

Per the Courier-Journal, Baffert said he will take more personal responsibility for what happens with the horses and is increasing training for his employees.

“I want to raise the bar and set the standard for equine safety and rule compliance going forward,” Baffert said. “For those of you that have been upset over the incidents of this past year, I share in your disappointment. I humbly vow to do everything within my power to do better. I want my legacy to be one of making every effort to do right by the horse and the sport.”

Baffert faces 4 positive tests in 6 months.

And now the Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive.

The bloke is a complete and utter cheat who couldn't lie straight in bed and needs to be warned off for the good of the sport.
Pause Switch to Standard View Baffert.....again.
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Report swiftynifty May 9, 2021 3:11 PM BST
* November 2020

Betamethasone is a corticosteroid drug.
Report swiftynifty May 9, 2021 3:42 PM BST
Last month he was successful in overturning a 15-day ban and disqualification of two of his horses - Gamine and Charlatan - after they returned samples containing the illicit raceday medication lidocaine, which was attributed to cross-contamination from a pain-relief patch worn by the trainer's assistant.

Baffert received a $10,000 fine instead.

The excuses are laughable.......but accepted!
Report Storm Alert May 9, 2021 5:59 PM BST
High profile trainer of course, but surely they will have to throw the book at him eventually?
Report FatPunt May 9, 2021 6:23 PM BST
Does he train in Ireland?
Report swiftynifty May 9, 2021 6:34 PM BST
Systematic drug abuse throughout his career. No doubt they will try and minimise bad publicity with another lame excuse.
Report Nebs June 6, 2021 11:42 PM BST
How about a rule change to the effect that if a horse is disqualified for drug violations then the trainer is responsible for paying bettors on the result that would have been had their drugged horse not taken part.
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