Baffert’s wife-owned horse is running in New York for other trainers

Bob Baffert, a three-year-old co-owned by the bewildered trainer’s wife, ran under the name of another Hall of Fame trainer on Saturday, finishing fourth at the $ 1 million Belmont Derby Invitational at Belmont Park, where Baffert was. finished. Suspended and suing to regain access.

Du Jour ran in the 11/4 mile turf race under the name of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. According to NYRA spokesman Patrick McKenna, Mott has been training Colt since June 6th, including five training sessions leading up to the race.

Du Jour is co-owned by Jill Baffert and Bob Baffert’s friend Debbie Lani. The 4th place finish was worth $ 65,000.

Baffert was the record trainer for Dujour’s final start, winning the $ 500,000 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 1. On the same day, Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby, giving Baffert his seventh victory in the race. A week later, Baffert announced that Medina Spirit had tested positive for the corticosteroid betamethasone. This is not allowed at any level on race day. The split sample test later confirmed the first result.

On May 17, the New York Racing Association temporarily suspended California-based trainers from participating in races and stalls at Belmont Park, Saratoga, and Suidobashi.

“During the suspension, the NYRA will not accept entries and will not provide stall space for individuals employed by Bob Buffer Tracing Stables,” NYRA said at the time.

Last month, Baffert sued NYRA in a court in New York, allegedly having no opportunity to be notified or heard before the proceedings were filed and improperly suspending him without legal authority. Baffert is seeking an injunction prohibiting the NYRA from entering the three tracks of him and his horse and blocking him from participating in the race on any of them.

When suspending Baffert, the NYRA said the final decision on the duration and duration of the suspension would be based on information found during an ongoing investigation in Kentucky. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission must conduct a Steward hearing before taking any official action.


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