With the Preakness Stakes over, all consideration turned to the Belmont to see if the New York race observe would enable coach Bob Baffert to run Medina Spirit, following the horse’s constructive drug check following the Kentucky Derby.
On Monday the New York Racing Affiliation (NYRA), which owns Belmont racetrack, in addition to two others within the state, reportedly handed down a suspension to the coach which won’t enable him to race
The NYRA resolution means Baffert can’t enter horses at Belmont Park, Aqueduct or Saratoga Race Monitor, and is the widest ranging suspension the coach has confronted. Earlier this month Baffert was suspended by Churchill Downs following the Kentucky Derby, pending a full investigation into doping allegations towards Medina Spirit, which has not but concluded.
Preliminary drug assessments from the Preakness Stakes have been damaging for Medina Spirit, who was beneath shut scrutiny following the constructive check in Kentucky. Baffert didn’t attend the Preakness in particular person, as an alternative sending assistant trainers in order to not be a distraction on the course. Medina Spirit would go on to complete third.
Right now the NYRA suspension is pending the complete outcomes of the Churchill Downs investigation, and can make a ultimate willpower after these outcomes are made obtainable. Baffert has vehemently defended his actions, saying there was no intention to cheat — blaming a secure hand doubtlessly urinating on horse feed, and even “cancel tradition” on the backlash towards him. Baffert has 30 horses in his 4 decade coaching profession be investigated for constructive testing and potential doping expenses.
Important High quality and Preakness winner Rombauer are the favorites on the Belmont Stakes in early betting.