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Baffert wins at Santa Anita before 90-day suspension begins

Baffert Suspension Horse Racing
Posted at 7:55 AM, Apr 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-04 08:00:47-04

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Bob Baffert won the sixth race at Santa Anita, sending the Hall of Fame trainer out a winner two days before his 90-day suspension begins.

Baffert was suspended for 90 days from any Kentucky race track starting March 8 through June 5, 2022. In March, a judge agreed to delay the start of the suspension to April 4.

On Saturday, Baffert was in the winner’s circle with Shaaz after the $72,000 race. He was joined by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who was aboard for the 2 3/4-length victory.

Cezanne finished second in the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile in Hot Springs, Arkansas, losing by a neck.

Baffert decided to scratch Eda from her scheduled start in the $600,000 Fantasy Stakes at the Arkansas track.