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Couch: Cheaters Never Prosper, Unless You’re Bob Baffert

And here we go again with Bob Baffert, superstar thoroughbred trainer and king of the Kentucky Derby. He has seemingly figured out this sport like no one before him, defined the impenetrable way to cheat in horse racing, get famous and make everyone happy and rich. Unless he’s the victim of a conspiratorial plot, that is. Fill your horse with banned substances, win, make networks happy, fail a drug test, deny, deny, deny, tie things up in appeals, make owners happy as they sell breeding rights, satisfy bettors, keep winning, stall, say anything and move on. Everyone is so happy that everything is swept under the rug and forgotten. Then, do it again. Baffert won his seventh Kentucky Derby a week ago with the horse Medina Spirit, which will try to win the second leg of the Triple Crown Saturday at the Preakness, despite having failed a doping test at the Derby. It is so reminiscent of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, which won all three races in violation of horse racing rules after failing a doping test. Guess who Justify’s trainer was. You already know. Baffert called Medina Spirit’s failed doping (bethamethazone) test, “the biggest gut punch in racing […]



Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.