Why This 90 Day Bob Baffert Suspension is a Big Deal
One individual who many people can recognize in the horse racing sport and industry is Bob Baffert. He is an obviously well decorated horse trainer with several significant wins including having won six Kentucky Derby's, seven Preakness's, and 3 Belmont Stakes. However, he will now be facing a suspension after yet another instance of one of his horses testing positive for a banned substance. Here is my quick take on this from the Times Union:
While Bob Baffert has been the face of horse racing for many years, it was time to knock him down a peg. Too many times recently Baffert has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in a sport that is starvng for positive publicity. Baffert will sit out 90 days as a result of finding the steroid Betamethasone in Medina Spirit’s blood after the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The late Medina Spirit was disqualified from his Derby win and Baffert got what he deserved. Maybe 90 Days will give Baffert time to re-think his strategies, and when he returns will go about the way he trains and races his horses a little differently.
Michael Johnson Jr. and I discussed this whole Bob Baffert situation earlier today and gave a brief preview of his career up until this point. Below is our full conversation.
According to ESPN.com, "Monday's decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission makes Medina Spirit the second horse in the 146-year history of the race to be disqualified for a banned substance; the first was Dancer's Image in 1968, a decision that gave Forward Pass the victory. The only other disqualification was in 2019, when Maximum Security was penalized because of interference, giving Country House the win."
It is a real shame that Bob Baffert will miss some time due to another issue surrounding one of his horses testing positive from a banned substance. I hope that he learns from his mistakes during this 90 day suspension and comes back to becoming the great ambassador for the sport of horse racing that he has been in the past.