Latest Bob Baffert News

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit won't run in Pa Derby

Sep. 21, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Medina Spirit, the Kentucky Derby winner who failed a postrace drug test, won’t run in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. Embattled Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday he is going to keep the colt in California and run in the...

Horses entered by suspended trainers can't earn Derby points

Sep. 10, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Points from races in the series that earn berths in the Kentucky Derby won’t be awarded to any horse trained by an individual who is suspended from entering the Kentucky Derby in 2022. The rule announced Friday by Churchill Downs also applies to...

Baffert charged by New York Racing, scheduled for hearing

Sep. 10, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Racing Association has charged Bob Baffert with detrimental conduct and scheduled a hearing for the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer to respond to those allegations. NYRA announced the beginning of the hearing process Friday, adding the...

Today in History

Sep. 05, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2021. There are 117 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 5, 1972, the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli Olympic...

Ky Derby champ Medina Spirit wins in comeback for Baffert

Aug. 29, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit held off Rock Your World in the stretch to win the $100,000 Shared Belief by 1 1/4 lengths on Sunday at Del Mar for embattled trainer Bob Baffert. Medina Spirit raced for the first time since finishing third as...

Essential Quality wins 152nd running of Travers Stakes

Aug. 28, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Essential Quality just keeps on winning, displaying a grit that his handlers simply marvel at. The Belmont Stakes winner added the $1.25 million Travers Stakes to his resume Saturday, holding off Midnight Bourbon in a stirring stretch duel...

Tripoli springs upset to win Pacific Classic at Del Mar

Aug. 21, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Tripoli came off the rail, went around frontrunning Tizamagician to take the lead turning into the stretch, and went on to win the $1 million Pacific Classic by 1 1/4 lengths at Del Mar on Saturday. Tripoli ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.37 to earn his...

Wayne Hughes, billionaire businessman and horse owner, dies

Aug. 19, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — B. Wayne Hughes, the founder and chairman of Public Storage whose passion for horse racing culminated with a victory by Authentic in the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic, died Wednesday. He was 87. Hughes died at home at Spendthrift...

Brad Cox has high hopes for Mandaloun in $1 million Haskell

Jul. 16, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

It's probably going to be a while before horse racing officials in Kentucky decide whether to disqualify Derby winner Medina Spirit for testing positive for the presence of an anti-inflammatory steroid after the race. There will be hearings, testimony and probably appeals...

Saratoga Race Course ready to get back to normal

Jul. 15, 2021 02:48 AM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Like just about everybody else around here, Jack Knowlton is stoked for opening day at Saratoga Race Course. “It's been a long time without being able to be at Saratoga with tens of thousands of people there, so we're really excited,”...