New York Racing Association Sends A Message

The Belmont Stakes is Saturday, June 5th.

Trainer Bob Baffert had not committed any horses to run in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

He did however consider entering other horses in his barn in various races on the card that day.

But not so fast Baffy.

The New York Racing Association has stepped in to quell the idea of any Baffert horses running at Belmont, or any other NY track.

Bob Baffert was suspended Monday from entering horses at New York racetracks, pending an investigation into the failed drug test of Kentucky Derby Winner MEDINA SPIRIT.

Baffert, and his employees at Bob Baffert Racing Stables will temporarily not be allowed to stable any horses at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga or run any of his horses at NYRA tracks.

NYRA said it took into account Baffert’s previous penalties in Kentucky, California and Arkansas, along with the current situation with MEDINA SPIRIT.

NYRA emphasized that the suspension is temporary, and that a final determination regarding the length and terms will come after the Kentucky Derby evaluation into MEDINA SPIRIT concludes.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is still investigating the matter, including a review of another drug test.

Baffert had already been suspended by Churchill Downs, host track for the Kentucky Derby.

New York Racing Association President Dave O’Rourke said in a statement: “In order to maintain a successful thoroughbred racing industry in New York, NYRA must protect the integrity of the sport for our fans, the betting public and racing participants.”

Well said Dave.

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