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As two-time Triple Crown winning trainercontinues to deal with the fallout of failed drug test, he’s now filing a lawsuit against one of the organization that punished him for it.
According to, court filing reveal that Baffert is suing the New York Racing Authority (NYRA) for banning him and his horses from all horse racing venues in New York. To that end, he is seeking to get a judge to overturn his ban.
Per the report, Baffert is asserting that NYRA has no right to ban him before the investigation into Medina Spirit concludes. He also claims he should have his ban lifted since what happened to Medina Spirit did not occur in New York, and he has never had a horse test positive in the state.
Churchill Downs suspends trainer Bob Baffert for 2 years after Medina Spirit's 2nd failed drug test
After a second drug test of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit returned positive for the restricted substance betamethasone, Churchill Downs has suspended trainer Bob Baffert for two years. It made the announcement Wednesday afternoon following reports earlier Wednesday of the second positive test. Baffert's ban extends through the 2023 spring season at Churchill Downs, meaning Baffert and any trainers affiliated with Bob Baffert Racing Stables are barred from the next two Kentucky Derbies. CDI: Baffert's 'reckless practices ... will not be tolerated' Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen cited Baffert's "repeated failures" in announcing the ban.
Baffert claims that the ban is costing him tons of money in missed races. He is suing NYRA for damages on top of everything else.
Bob Baffert Sues New York Racing Association, You've Got No Basis To Suspend Me!
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Medina Spirit crossed the wire first in the Kentucky Derby last month. But days later, test results came back positive for banned substances.
Bob Baffert was then suspended from bringing any horses to Churchill Downs, and NYRA followed suit. He was unable to race any of his training horses in the prestigious Belmont Stakes earlier this month.
Medina Spirit was ultimately allowed to compete in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. But he came in fourth to race-winner Rombauer.
Will Bob Baffert see his NYRA ban overturned? Will he receive compensation on top of everything else?
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