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NYRA Temporarily Suspends Bob Baffert

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Monday, May 17, 2021

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the temporary suspension of Bob Baffert from entering horses and occupying stalls at all three of their tracks - Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct. 


"In order to maintain a successful thoroughbred racing industry in New York, NYRA must protect the integrity of the sport for our fans, the betting public and racing participants," said NYRA President and CEO Dave O'Rourke. "That responsibility demands the action taken today in the best interests of thoroughbred racing."


In addition to the ongoing investigation into MEDINA'S SPIRIT victory in the Kentucky Derby, NYRA has taken into account the fact that other horses trained by Baffert have failed drug tests in the recent past, resulting in the assessment of penalties against him in the states of Kentucky, California and Arkansas. 


During this temporary suspension, entries nor stalls will be provided to any individual employed by Bob Baffert Racing Stables. The NYRA expects to make a final decision regarding the terms of the suspension based on information during the course of the ongoing investigation in Kentucky, such as the results of the split sample test.


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