Medina Spirit Trainer Bob Baffert Banned at Belmont Park
Bob Baffert has had several violations involving the improper levels of medication in his horses. He was fined in both Kentucky and Arkansas.
Baffert, who is known for his work at the New York tracks, was suspended Wednesday by the state’s racing board. He may not run or train any of his horses at any of the facilities under his ban.
The New York Racing Association suspended the operations of its clubs and properties effective immediately in an effort to protect the integrity of the sport.
Baffert said he had not committed to any horses for the third leg of the Triple Crown. He also indicated that many of his horses would be entered on Belmont Stakes day.
NYRA officials noted that they took into account the trainer’s previous violations in reviewing the matter, and that they expect to make a final decision regarding the length of the ban based on the information they receive from Kentucky’s investigation.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday that Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, which is a banned substance.