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The New York Racing Association has suspended trainer Bob Baffert from entering or stalling any horses at its tracks.
The NYRA announced Monday the temporary suspension was necessary to protect the integrity of the sport.
“In order to maintain a successful thoroughbred racing industry in New York, NYRA must protect the integrity of the sport for our fans, the betting public and racing participants,” said NYRA President and CEO Dave O’Rourke. “That responsibility demands the action taken today in the best interests of thoroughbred racing.”
With Baffert’s suspension, Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit won’t be allowed to run at the Belmont Stakes — the third leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. Derby host Churchill Downs is waiting on the results of a second drug test after Medina Spirit tested positive for banned steroid betamethasone, Yahoo Sports reports.
“In addition to the ongoing investigation into Medina Spirit’s victory in the Kentucky Derby, NYRA has taken into account the fact that other horses trained by Mr. Baffert have failed drug tests in the recent past, resulting in the assessment of penalties against him by thoroughbred racing regulators in Kentucky, California, and Arkansas,” the statement reads.
During the suspension, NYRA will not accept entries or provide stall space to any individual employed by Bob Baffert Racing Stables.
The Belmont Stakes is set to take place on June 5.
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