FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) – The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ordered an outright dismissal of horse trainer Bob Baffert’s appeal against a 90-day suspension served by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission .
The dismissal, filed April 15, is the latest action taken in court following the disqualification of the Medina Spirit Derby and Baffert’s suspension from racing by multiple state horse racing commissions.
The KHRC served the suspension in February after disqualifying Medina Spirit as winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derbyafter months of investigating a post-Derby drug test.
Test results released a week after the Derby revealed that Medina Spirit had tested positive for betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory substance and banned on race day.
In addition to the KHRC suspension, Churchill Downs also imposed a two-year suspension on Baffert from all racetracks at Churchill Downs. This ban is being fought in federal court.
Baffert’s lawyers immediately filed an appeal, where KHRC denied a request for a stay of Baffert’s 90-day suspension on February 25.
The KHRC confirmed their suspension from Baffert in a 10-0 vote on March 4.
Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate also denied Baffert’s reprieve of suspension on March 21. Baffert’s attorney argued that his career would not recover if the lawsuits against him did not stop, but Wingate disagreed with the statement.
A motion was then filed for emergency relief from the 90-day suspension, which was dismissed by the Kentucky Court of Appeals on April 1.
Baffert’s 90-day suspension began April 4. In addition to Kentucky’s racing ban, the New York Racing Association and the California Horse Racing Board also issued bans for the trainer.
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