Bob Baffert, again. The superstar trainer with 15 Triple-Crown-races wins is back in the hot seat for drug positives. Last fall, you may recall, The New York Times reported that Justify, Baffert’s 2018 “champion,” failed a drug test in a qualifying race in California before going on to win the Kentucky Derby that year. As […]
The wildly successful Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert recently penned an op-ed in The Washington Post calling for passage of the (obviously oxymoronic) “Horseracing Integrity Act.” In it, Baffert claims “nothing is more important than the health and safety of our equine athletes,” and says “we must act decisively to protect the horses who […]
In its Breeders’ Cup wrap-up (11/3/13), The New York Times used words like “awe-inspiring,” “breathtaking,” “beautiful,” and “thrilling” to describe the action. But, as indicated by the article’s title (“Moving Moments Send Shivers, Both Good and Bad”), there was a smattering of black (or red) in Santa Anita: Points Offthebench (dead), Centralinteligence (vanned off, had […]
Montauk, whom the Daily Racing Form called “a promising colt,” was killed (broken shoulder) training at Belmont yesterday morning. Trainer Todd Pletcher’s reaction: “very disappointing.” Montauk’s only race was a “win” back in October for $45,000. What, then, do you suppose Mr. Pletcher was referring to? On the other coast, Amada Rafaela “collapsed” in the […]
Bob Baffert-trained Socialbug, four, is dead after a training breakdown this morning at Churchill Downs. If not for the dinged-up jockey (Rosie Napravnik), it’s unlikely the kill would have made the Paulick Report and DRF. This is horseracing.