1/ST Racing releases statement on Baffert suspension – Horse Racing News
The following statement has been released by 1/ST Racing, which operates Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., regarding the 90-day suspension of trainer Bob Baffert for a positive betamethasone test at Medina Spirit following the horse’s first-place finish in the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The stay is effective Monday, April 4, after the Kentucky Court of Appeals chose not to issue an emergency stay of the ban that had been requested by Baffert’s attorneys.
The California Horse Racing Board announced on Saturday April 2 that “[trainer Bob Baffert is now suspended pursuant to CHRB Rule 1484].” California has thus returned the suspension against Bob Baffert imposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which will begin on April 4, 2022. Due to the CHRB’s decision, any trainer at the grounds of Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, San Luis Rey Downs or Los Alamitos Racetrack which may be the assignee of the Baffert Barn horses shall request stalls for such horses from the Santa Anita or Golden Gate Fields race offices, as applicable, for review and approval. A change of trainer form will also need to be submitted in order to participate in races after such a transfer. Horses that are not transferred to a trainer in California will be required to leave the field by April 4.
Because the suspension is for more than 60 days, per CHRB rules, for the duration of the suspension, Mr. Baffert will be banned from all enclosures under the jurisdiction of the CHRB and Mr. Baffert will not be permitted to participate in the competition. training horses that have been in his care before. Any coach who may request slots in anticipation of a transfer will be required to fully comply with all applicable restrictions.
CHRB rules require Baffert to vacate his Santa Anita Park barn before the suspension begins on April 4, as well as remove all signage, colors and training equipment belonging to the coach. The closing day of the Santa Anita winter-spring season on June 19, 2022. KHRC’s 90-day suspension ends the following week.