Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert faced a Friday deadline to provide names that substantiated his July 7th affidavit claim, which stated, basically, that he's losing clients over being unjustly banned by the NYRA from competing at its racetracks.
"I have recently had conversations with other owners who have stated that they may move their horses to other trainers if the New York suspension continues." — Bob Baffert.
According to Thoroughbred Daily News, Friday was the deadline set by Judge Carol Bagley Amon for Baffert's attorneys to specify names of the owners who are supposedly on the verge of moving out their horses, which Baffert claims would harm his livelihood.
Attorney Craig Robertson provided the names, for Baffert's sake, in a one-page letter: "Gavin Murphy of SF Bloodstock; Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing; Peter Fluor of Speedway Stable; Sol Kumin of Madaket Stables; and George Bolton."
Craig Robertson's letter beat the noon EDT deadline.
Recall that Baffert is still banned by the NYRA due to his horse MEDINA SPIRIT testing positive for trace amounts of betamethasone in his bloodstream following his Kentucky Derby victory. The betamethasone came from an ointment intended to treat MEDINA SPIRIT's skin rash on his right hindleg—an issue of dermatitis that he contracted after the Santa Anita Derby, almost a month before the Kentucky Derby.
Baffert sued the NYRA for this ban, claiming that his constitutional rights to due process had been violated. Baffert's attorneys claim the NYRA is "vindictively" targeting him.
We've recently seen horses move out of Baffert's stable to other trainers, such as horses to Rodolphe Brisset (BEZOS, HOZIER, CRYSTAL BALL), Todd Pletcher (LIFE IS GOOD, COUNTRY GRAMMAR), Bill Mott (DU JOUR). Now its a matter of Judge Amon assimilating the new information.
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Source: ThoroughbredDailyNews, Paulick Report Staff, Horse Racing Nation, John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times