Hall of Fame coach Bob Baffert suspended from taking part in racing or coaching actions at NYRA tracks by means of January 25 | CNN
A 3-member listening to panel has made the choice to droop Hall of Fame horse coach Bob Baffert for one 12 months, efficient instantly, the New York Racing Association introduced Thursday.
The 69-year-old Baffert was suspended after Medina Spirit’s victory on the 2021 Kentucky Derby was disqualified.
The horse failed a drug take a look at after crossing the end line first on the Derby, a race Baffert has gained on six earlier events.
Baffert, a two-time winner of horse racing’s Triple Crown, appealed the KHRC’s choice, however the Kentucky Court of Appeals denied his movement for emergency reduction on April 1. His suspension began April 4.
According to a NYRA press launch, following a two-month assessment of a 50-page report, the panel determined to droop Baffert for 365 calendar days.
However, the panel credited Baffert with 59 days served after he was positioned underneath short-term suspension by the NYRA in May 2021 on high of the 90-day suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Baffert’s NYRA suspension runs by means of January 25.
“This was an impartial and deliberative process that has resulted in a lengthy suspension of the sport’s most prominent trainer,” mentioned Dave O’Rourke, president and CEO of the NYRA.
“However, this is not simply about Bob Baffert or any one individual but about protecting the integrity of the sport here in New York. Today’s decision advances that goal.”
Following final 12 months’s Derby, Medina Spirit was discovered to have betamethasone – an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid generally used to alleviate joint ache – in a blood pattern. Kentucky horse racing guidelines don’t permit that and inform trainers to cease utilizing the therapeutic 14 days earlier than an occasion.
CNN has reached out to Baffert’s illustration for remark.