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Sport Two Bob Baffert horses test positive for banned substances during Oaklawn Park meet

06:25  29 may  2020
06:25  29 may  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Two of Bob Baffert 's horses tested positive for a banned substance during meet at Arkansas’ Oaklawn Park , according to the Louisville Courier “We will not have a situation like in California, where a horse ran in the Kentucky Derby after failing a drug test ,” Oaklawn Park owner Louis Cella

Two horses trained by renowned horse -trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance , according to the New York Times In this case, Charlatan reportedly tested positive after winning a division of the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park , which came with a 0,000 first-place

Bob Baffert’s pursuit of a record-tying sixth Kentucky Derby victory has been complicated by a positive drug test involving one of his top 3-year-olds.

Bob Baffert wearing a suit and tie: Trainer Bob Baffert outside his barn at the Churchill Downs backside. “It doesn’t matter if they’re running a burro,” rival trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. “They say, ‘Well, here’s Baffert. He wins races.’ So they bet.” Baffert has Game Winner, Improbable and Roadster in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. April 30, 2019 © Matt Stone/Courier Journal Trainer Bob Baffert outside his barn at the Churchill Downs backside. “It doesn’t matter if they’re running a burro,” rival trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. “They say, ‘Well, here’s Baffert. He wins races.’ So they bet.” Baffert has Game Winner, Improbable and Roadster in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. April 30, 2019

A  person with knowledge of the situation told The Louisville Courier Journal two of Baffert’s horses tested positive during the recent meet at Arkansas’ Oaklawn Park on May 2, including one of his two winners of the split-division Arkansas Derby.

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Two horses trained by the Hall of Famer Bob Baffert tested positive for a banned substance at a recently concluded meet at Oaklawn Park in One of the horses , Charlatan, won a division of the Arkansas Derby on May 2 and was considered a top contender to win the Belmont Stakes on June 20.

Two horses trained by the world-renowned Bob Baffert have tested positive for banned substances , according to multiple reports. An anonymous source told the Louisville Courier Journal that Baffert ’s horses tested positive during a recent meet at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

Unbeaten Charlatan, the Kentucky Derby favorite, won one of the Arkansas Derbys’ divisions; unbeaten Nadal the other.

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Multiple reports, including by the New York Times and Bloodhorse.com, indicate one of the positive test's belonged to Charlatan.

Baffert responded to an interview request from The Courier Journal with a prepared statement. 

"The rules of the Arkansas Racing Commission mandate confidentiality concerning any investigation into an alleged rule violation until there is a written decision of the Stewards,” it read. “I am extremely disappointed that, in this instance, the Commission has not followed its own rules on confidentiality.

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Two horses from the barn of trainer Bob Baffert , including a top contender for the Belmont Stakes, have tested The New York Times and Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday cited unidentified sources in reporting the positive tests occurred during the recent meet at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.

Two horses from the barn of two -time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance during the recent meet The Times reported both horses tested positive for lidocaine. Lidocaine, an anesthetic widely used in equine medicine, carries a penalty of a 15- to

"I am hoping for an expedited investigation and look forward to being able to speak soon about any written decision of the Stewards, if and when it becomes necessary and I’m allowed to under the Commission’s confidentiality rules.”

Martin Garcia riding a horse: Martin Garcia, top, and Charlatan head into the Winner's Circle after winning the first division of the Arkansas Derby horse race Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Ark. (Richard Rasmussen/The Sentinel-Record via AP) © The Associated Press Martin Garcia, top, and Charlatan head into the Winner's Circle after winning the first division of the Arkansas Derby horse race Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Ark. (Richard Rasmussen/The Sentinel-Record via AP)

Nikki Langston, spokeswoman for the Arkansas Racing Commission, said the agency “has no comment at this time.”

Twice a winner of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, Baffert’s 2018 triumph was later tainted by Justify’s positive test for scopolomine following the Santa Anita Derby. The result of that test was concealed by California regulators until it was uncovered by The New York Times last September. Regulators would ultimately dismiss the finding behind closed doors based on the claim the colt’s feed had been contaminated.

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Two horses from the barn of two -time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance , according to published reports. The Times reported Baffert 's other horse to test positive is Gamine, a 3-year-old filly who won at Oaklawn on the same day.

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Thus instead of being disqualified at Santa Anita and prevented from accumulating enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, Justify went on to become the 13th Triple Crown winner and retire to stud with breeding rights sold for a reported $60 million.

Given that controversial precedent and Baffert’s stature within the sport, Arkansas regulators can expect their review process to play out more quickly and much more publicly.

“We will not have a situation like in California, where a horse ran in the Kentucky Derby after failing a drug test,” Oaklawn Park owner Louis Cella told The New York Times. “That was an embarrassment to the industry. We will push to have this cleared up by the (June 20) Belmont Stakes.”

Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, said that "the level of scrutiny shouldn't change" between the Triple Crown and an ordinary allowance race, but he acknowledged that may not be realistic given human nature and high profiles.  

“You can’t ignore it, but the last thing you want to do is cast a spell on somebody when there’s nothing there," Martin said. "It sounds to me as if they’re in the figuring-out-what-the-hell-happened phase.”

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Two horses from the barn of two -time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance , according to The New York Times and Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday cited unidentified sources in reporting the positive tests occurred during the recent meet at

Two horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert , including top Belmont Stakes contender Charlatan, have tested positive for a banned substance , according to published Two Bob Baffert -trained horses , including Belmont contender, fail drug tests . By Associated Press.

Bob Baffert wearing a suit and tie: Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby five times. © Amber Searls, USA TODAY Sports Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby five times.

Earlier this year, the Arkansas commission was compelled to change its drug testing procedures after Truesdail Laboratories had its accreditation suspended by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

As is the practice in most racing jurisdictions, trainers operating in Arkansas retain the right to have a "split" sample tested by an independent lab before an initial finding is confirmed. In the event of a positive determination, Arkansas regulations state: “The illegal administration of any drug, medication or chemical substance to any horse entered in a race ... shall be punished to such an extent as the Stewards rule.”

A confirmed positive in Arkansas would not preclude a horse from competing in the Triple Crown, which begins this year with the Belmont Stakes, but it could cost one of the Arkansas Derby winners 100 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby, rescheduled for Sept. 5.

Nadal leads that qualifying with 150 points, while Charlatan ranks fourth with 100 points. The other Baffert horse to compete on the May 2 card at Oaklawn Park, a 3-year-old filly called Gamine, won a $61,000 allowance race that day. 

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Nadal’s co-owner, George Bolton, told the Daily Racing Form the horse named for tennis star Rafael Nadal had tested clean following the Arkansas Derby. Charlatan’s co-owner Jack Wolf, the Louisville-based founder of Starlight Racing, referred questions to Baffert.

Contributing: Jason Frakes, Louisville Courier Journal contributed to this report. Follow Tim Sullivan on Twitter: @TimSullivan714. 

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Two Bob Baffert horses test positive for banned substances during Oaklawn Park meet

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