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Bob Baffert Suspended 15 Days After Two Horses Fail Drug Tests

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The only person to ever train two Triple Crown champions has been suspended from racing horses in the state of Arkansas for 15 days.

The horses in question, Charlatan and Gamine, failed post-race drug tests at Oaklawn Park on Arkansas Derby Day. Charlatan’s Arkansas Derby victory and Gamine’s allowance win have been stripped as stewards disqualified each horse and redistributed the purses from the races. Steve Asmussen’s Basin, who trailed by six lengths behind Charlatan, has been declared the winner of the Arkansas Derby.

Baffert continues to contest the failed drug tests. Multiple tests of the samples revealed trace elements of the numbing agent lidocaine, an aesthetic commonly used but forbidden on race day. Baffert’s lawyers claim the lidocaine can be attributed to a stablehand that improperly applied a lidocaine patch to his back before handling the horses on race day. Baffert was not in Arkansas the day the events transpired.

Baffert’s lawyers will continue appealing the decision to the Arkansas Racing Commission. If upheld, Baffert’s suspension will begin Aug. 1.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Bob Baffert Suspended 15 Days After Two Horses Fail Drug Tests

  1. DaaaaCats
    11:10 am July 16, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve always found it a little bit suspicious that we’ve had two Triple Crown winners in the past five years after a 37 year dry spell.
    1978 – Affirmed
    2015 – American Pharoah
    2018 – Justified

    • UKrailbird
      1:06 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Were you also suspicious when there were 3 Triple Crown winners within 6 years after a 25 year dry spell? I doubt it.

      1978 – Affirmed
      1977 – Seattle Slew
      1973 – Secretariat
      1948 – Citation

    • Mathlete
      1:35 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Not sure about the OP, but I wasn’t alive then so I wasn’t suspicious at all about the TC winners in the 70s

  2. Skooms
    11:31 am July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Me too Cats, me too! Especially when Churchill swapped to their current type of track dirt. I remember experts saying that it actually slowed horses down a tad, and that we may never have another Triple Crown winner again. Then, like you said, bam we got 2!

  3. Mathlete
    1:34 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, what will he do for such a long suspension?

    • RAGE
      6:00 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Lol those were both really funny comments Mathlete!!!!