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Bob Baffert suspended, horses disqualified in Major Doping Scandal

Bob Baffert suspended for 15 days by Arkansas Racing officials

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Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert has been left disgraced as an inquest into the doping of two of his prime stable stars returned positive today.

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The Arkansas Racing Commission has announced a suspension to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert for 15 days on Wednesday as well as disqualifying the victories of two of his horses after they tested positive for a banned substance.

Charlatan who tested positive to a race day test won the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and Gamine who recently won the G1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park in record time and margin have both tested positive for banned substance lidocaine after initial reports in May.

lidocaine, a widely used anesthetic in racing, is considered a Class 2 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

The use of lidocaine carries a penalty of a 15-60-day suspension and a fine of $500 – $1,000 for a first offense. Lidocaine’s use is regulated because it can act as a masking agent for more sinister doping mechanisms.

Without mitigating circumstances, a horse would be disqualified and forfeit its purse should it test positive.

One to consider – FIERY BREATH (3)

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The latest two offenses involving Charlatan and Gamine become his 26th and 27th indiscretions with U.S Horse Racing authorities during his career, which has been compiled by the Association of Racetrack Commissioners International and the Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings database maintained by The Jockey Club.

In a hearing regarding the positive tests to Charlatan and Gamine, Baffert’s representative team argued that the horses were “accidentally exposed” to the lidocaine by an assistant trainer, Jimmy Barnes, who had applied a medicinal patch to his own back.

Barnes had recently broken his pelvis and the brand of the patch he used, Salonpas, contains small amounts of Lidocaine. Baffert’s team alleged that the drug was transferred from his hands through the application of a tongue tie.

After the Arkansas Racing Commission handed down its penalty, Baffert’s representative team headed by lawyer W. Craig Robertson told awaiting media that they intended to appeal the decision calling it “a case of innocent exposure and not intentional administration.”

Charlatan who collected $300,000 for his first place and Gamine who won $36,000 on Akansas Derby Day have both been stripped of their wins as well as the prize money won.

One to consider – FIERY BREATH (3)

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Baffert’s suspension will begin on August 1 and conclude on August 15.

In March, United States federal prosecutors arrested 27 individuals including stable staff, veterinarians and drug distributors, charging them with a series of indictments with purposefully and wilfully doping racehorses to win by deception.

Among those charged was Jason Servis — who trained Maximum Security, the horse that won the 2019 Kentucky Derby but was disqualified for interference.

Off the back of Gamine’s record-breaking win on Belmont Stakes Day last month, it was considered that she may take on the boys in the Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled for September 5. Those plans, however, have been shelved in light of recent events.

One to consider – FIERY BREATH (3)

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