The nasty dispute between Churchill Downs and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert took another step on Monday.
CDI announced it is extending Baffert’s suspension through 2024, which means the trainer will not be able to enter horses in races as the organization’s tracks. That includes Kentucky Derby 150.
A trainer who is unwilling to accept responsibility for multiple drug test failures in our highest-profile races cannot be trusted to avoid future misconduct,” the statement said.
Churchill Downs Incorporated announced it is extending the suspension of Bob Baffert through calendar year 2024 based on continued concerns regarding the threat to the safety and integrity of racing he poses to CDI-owned racetracks.
— Churchill Downs PR (@DerbyMedia) July 3, 2023
Baffert fired back on social media.
— Bob Baffert (@BobBaffert) July 3, 2023
The suspension came about after a positive test on Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first in the 2021 Kentucky Derby, only to be disqualified long after the race. CDI added that Baffert had racked up over the previous two years, including a betamethasone positive in the horse Gamine in the 2020 Kentucky Oaks.