Latest Bob Baffert News

Kentucky judge divides Medina Spirit urine sample for tests

Jun. 16, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has granted representatives of trainer Bob Baffert and the owners of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit much of the horse's split urine sample to be further tested for betamethasone and other substances. The Hall of Fame trainer...

Trainer Bob Baffert sues to get New York suspension lifted

Jun. 14, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Trainer Bob Baffert sued in federal court Tuesday in an effort to get his suspension by the New York Racing Association lifted. The NYRA suspended the Hall of Famer in mid-May after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test that...

Derby runner-up Mandaloun returns Sunday at Monmouth Park

Jun. 10, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Mandaloun is returning to racing for the first time since finishing second in the Kentucky Derby, for which he could still be named the winner if Medina Spirit is disqualified for failing a postrace drug test. Trainer Brad Cox on Thursday entered...

Baffert, Medina Spirit owners sue Kentucky racing officials

Jun. 08, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Trainer Bob Baffert and the owners of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit have filed a lawsuit against Kentucky racing officials. They are seeking a temporary injunction they say is to prevent violation of due process rights and for custody of...

Essential Quality probably tops in Triple Crown gray area

Jun. 06, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Triple Crown races, three different winners and one isn't even decided yet. More than five weeks since the Kentucky Derby and with the Belmont Stakes over, the Triple Crown season is still muddled in uncertainty. Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit...

Brad Cox-trained Essential Quality wins Belmont Stakes

Jun. 05, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Cox insisted he wasn't sitting around waiting or worrying about whether a disqualification of Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby winner would give him his first victory in a Triple Crown race. Essential Quality captured the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to...

Jockey Luis Saez dedicates Belmont Stakes win to brother

Jun. 05, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Saez looked up to the sky after winning the Belmont Stakes aboard Essential Quality. It was not hard to think the words going through his mind were: "This one is for you, Juan." The win was Saez's first official one in a Triple Crown race, but it it...

Analysis: A lot of second chances at play in the Belmont

Jun. 05, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

The Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crown, yet for many on Saturday it represents a second chance. First, it’s a first step for racing on what will be a long trip to escape yet another cloud. The news earlier this week of Churchill Downs suspending Bob...

'Formidable group' of horses finish Triple Crown at Belmont

Jun. 04, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kentucky Derby winner could be disqualified for the second time in three years, the Preakness winner pulled off a big upset and now nobody knows who is the best 3-year-old horse in the country. Perhaps it'll be settled at the Belmont Stakes on...

Belmont Stakes: New York a standard-setter on medications

Jun. 03, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Bob Baffert was banned from entering horses in the Belmont Stakes, it was the latest example of the New York Racing Association taking a strong stand on medications. Long before Baffert-trained Medina Spirit failed a post-Kentucky Derby drug test,...