Churchill Downs rocked the racing world yesterday when they announced that they will not award points to any horse trained by an individual suspended from the 2022 Kentucky Derby. The new rule goes into effect September 30th of this year.
Among all of the trainers currently racing horses, Hall of Famer and seven-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert is the only one that fits this description.
In their press release, Churchill Downs stated that points from any race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby "will not be awarded to any horse trained by an individual who is suspended from racing in the 2022 Kentucky Derby or any trainer directly or indirectly employed, supervised, or advised by a suspended trainer."
"Should a horse trained by a suspended trainer, or any trainer directly or indirectly employed, supervised, or advised by a suspended trainer, finish in a position that would have earned points in a Road to the Kentucky Derby race occurring after September 30, 2021, the points associated with that finish position will be vacated."
The hearing regarding MEDINA SPIRIT has yet to be held by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Baffert's attorney has also stated per the Bloodhorse, that Churchill has not had a conversation with Baffert or himself.
The 2021-2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby begins September 18th. The 2022 Kentucky Derby also continues to run without the permitted use of Lasix. Points will only be awarded to those horses who compete on race day without Lasix in the Road to the Kentucky Derby races. The same rules applies to the Road to the Kentucky Oaks as well.
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