Gamine Disqualified from Kentucky Oaks

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Trainer Bob Baffert was fined $1,500 for the positive test produced by the filly GAMINE after she finished third in the Kentucky Oaks. The filly has been stripped of her finish and the $$120,000 in purse money also forfeited. With the DQ, SPEECH moves into third place. 

Information about the positive test on September 4th, 2020 emerged in October. Baffert's attorney, Craig Robertson, called the report "inaccurate" at the time. 

The filly tested positive for Betamethasone, a legal anti-inflammatory. The medication was administered to the filly on August 17th by her veterinarian. However, the drug did not withdraw from her system within the necessary 14 days. Robertson made this point to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. 

Baffert waived his right to a formal hearing before the Kentucky Board of Stewards according to a January 30th ruling from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.


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