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Baffert announces that the KY Horse Racing Commission will hold a meeting on February 7 to discuss the 2021 KY Derby


(Coach Bob Baffert and the cursed Medina Spirit the day after the 2021 Kentucky Derby / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Beleaguered horse trainer Bob Baffert was asked many, many questions during his hearing in New York on Thursday, which will ultimately determine whether the New York Racing Association can suspend his license and bar him from its racetracks.

But there was one answer that sparked perhaps the most post-testimonial comments.

During his comments and responses, Baffert said he was told by one of his attorneys that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission would meet Feb. 7 to address the controversial 2021 Kentucky Derby. It was first reported , via Twitter feed, by journalist Matt Stahl, of www.HorseRacingNation.com.

After the 2021 Kentucky Derby, it was determined that Medina Spirit – the horse that finished first in the “Run for the Roses” and a colt trained, at the time, by Baffert – had tested positive for a drug overrun. .

Medina Spirit, who died after a practice session at Santa Anita in December, tested positive for betamethasone after the Kentucky Derby on May 1. Baffert and his lawyers claimed the positive result was due to the use of a topical cream called Otomax, as opposed to an injection of the drug.

Since the positive became public, Baffert – and his team of lawyers – have sued and pressured anyone carrying a notepad and pen to argue that the trainer was innocent of any possible allegation; load; and/or violation.

And, since then, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has remained silent and communications cut off, while multiple blood and urine tests have been performed at clinics and facilities across the country.

Now it looks like the Kentucky Regulatory Oversight Board is taking action very soon.

“The Press Box” contacted our sources and contacts, but have not yet heard from anyone in authority to confirm Baffert’s comments regarding a possible upcoming hearing.

Apparently the only person authorized to speak on the subject is a spokesperson for the Kentucky Cabinet for Public Protection – which oversees the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

“The Press Box” will contact that state agency and authorized spokesperson on Friday for official confirmation and comment.

Normally, in similar situations in the past, delegates from Kentucky would meet; discuss controversial issues; then issue a report to the full board that would include a recommended disciplinary action plan.

However, this case was anything but normal.

Baffert, who was cited for a pass in the 2020 Kentucky Oaks when his filly Gamine also tested positive, and his team of attorneys have taken aggressive and proactive action since May’s situation first arose.

Churchill Downs has since banned Baffert from his grounds and suspended the trainer from entering and racing horses at the historic track or in the Kentucky Derby for the next two years.

The NYRA attempted to take similar action last year when Baffert and his attorneys were granted a stay of such action until the Board of Supervisors went through a hearing process that would give Baffert and his representatives a chance to “proceed properly”.

This week, a trial judge listened to testimony from Baffert’s team and a group of attorneys representing NYRA. On Thursday, Baffert spoke and answered a series of questions posed first by his attorneys and then by NYRA representatives, in cross-examination.

It was during this time slot that Baffert admitted that the Kentucky Commission may soon move forward. The hearing is due to end on Friday with closing statements.