Kentucky racing board upholds Bob Baffert's suspension

Kentucky Derby Medina Spirit Horse Racing
Posted at 2:33 PM, Mar 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 14:38:16-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky racing officials have denied trainer Bob Baffert’s request to stay his suspension for a failed postrace drug test by Medina Spirit that led to his disqualification as Kentucky Derby winner.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission board members on Friday voted 10-0 with three abstentions against the stay in a specially called meeting.

KHRC stewards last week suspended the Hall of Fame trainer for 90 days with a $7,500 fine and disqualified the now-deceased colt for having the corticosteroid betamethasone in his system last May.

The suspension scheduled to begin March 8 is delayed pending a hearing in Franklin County Circuit Court.