LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Horse racing’s most famous trainer is back from suspension. Bob Baffert began a 90-day suspension on April 4th by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission which has now ended.
Baffert’s horses were seen out at Santa Anita Park on Sunday with his saddle towels out, and Baffert himself appeared at the horse park to return to the sport he’s in the hall of fame for.
The suspension came down after his horse Medina Spirit tested positive for a banned substance following his 2021 Kentucky Derby win. After lengthy investigations, the horse was deemed disqualified, Mandaloun became the official winner and Baffert was held out of this year’s Triple Crown races as punishment.
His horses this spring were transferred to his former assistant Tim Yakteen and trainer Sean McCarthy: Taiba and Messier, who were both in the Kentucky Derby and also ran in the Santa Anita Derby which Taiba ended up winning.
The two-time Triple Crown winning trainer said he expects his stable will compete at the Del Mar summer meet which starts on July 22. It’s yet to be determined if he will have a horse run in the Haskell (G1) at Monmouth on July 23.
It’s yet to be determined if his horses will participate in any Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series races to try and clinch a spot in the Breeder’s Cup World Championships on November 4-5 at Keeneland.