Bob Baffert banned in New York following Medina Spirit’s failed drugs test

By: Guardian sport and agenc Tuesday 18 May 2021
  • Trainer may miss June’s Belmont Stakes due to suspension
  • Medina Spirit tested positive for banned steroid

Bob Baffert has been handed a temporary suspension by the New York Racing Association, meaning the trainer may well miss out on next month’s Belmont Stakes, the final leg of US horse racing’s Triple Crown.

The suspension comes after one of Baffert’s horses, Medina Spirit, failed a drugs test after winning the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is required to wait for further results before making a final decision on whether to strip the horse of his victory. The NYRA ban means Baffert will not be able to enter horses at Saratoga Race Course, Aqueduct Racetrack or Belmont Park, the home of the Belmont Stakes, which will take place on 5 June.

Related: I spent half my life in horse racing. The Medina Spirit scandal lays bare why I left

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