(*PS/updates added following this story, to include a private question answered.)
Hehehe - told ya (see posts below)!
Suspended from Churchill Downs - yes!
FINALLY, My God, it was way past time.
Baffert's horse, 2021 Kentucky-Derby winner, Medina Spirit, tested positive in a post-race blood draw for betamethasone - a corticosteroid.
I swear to God, if that man wriggles out of this again, like Teflon Don Trump ...
Speaking of Trump, remember when Trump tweeted out disapproval of Maximum Security's disqualification?
Maximum Security's original trainer, Jason Servis, was indicted for horse-drugging, along with 27 other people, in a federal investigation (Trump's DOJ, not Biden's) - and guess who ended up becoming Maximum Security's new trainer as a result?
Conveniently, Mr. Horse-Drugger-in-Chief, himself - Bob "Kickback" Baffert - the smeller who is actually the feller (always accusing his competition of his own crimes), ;)
And for those unaware (I wasn't, until today), the Democrat-led U.S. Congress passed the Horse-Racing Integrity and Safety Act in 2020 - which is essentially an anti-doping law that puts a created horse-racing under the oversight of federal jurisdiction by the FTC.
The federal law does not officially take effect until July of 2022 - but the preparation for it is thus the reason why even Kickback Bob Baffert may no longer be inexplicably immune.
Also, don't forget, Baffert-trained, prize-winning Arrogate died at 7 years in 2020, after discovery of a host of health issues - and this happened AFTER Baffert was investigated after 7 horses died in his care in 2013, but and "no wrongdoing" was found.
Okay - erm - No.
"Betamethasone is a Class C drug that is allowed in Kentucky as a therapeutic. However, state rules require at least a 14-day withdrawal time and any level of detection on race day is a violation. The threshold was changed to zero from 10 picograms per milliliter of blood or plasma in August."
(He goes to Dubai, but never the UK ;)
This confirms exactly what I expected, that day you were so paranoid and rude to myself and the mother of one of the children in the group of critically, chronically, and/or terminally-ill children that we brought (through the schools) to the 2015 Breeder's Cup, for whom we arranged stable passes.
(By the way, that particular mother had literally just brought her 4-year-old daughter from a round of chemotherapy, her daughter was so excited/determined to come see the horses.)
You literally shouted "NO!!!!" in a sort of tantrum, when we politely asked if the children could just take a quick peek at American Pharoah, from 20 yards away, at the main barn door, with the children just 10 feet away from us. They clearly heard you. One of them started crying. Jill's eyes widened and she looked at us sympathetically for a second, then looked down. (Well, at least your wife is human lol.)
Who acts like that in front of verified critically-ill children?
I don't know, but it takes a special kind of A-hole.
Now - I have always believed the reason you were so paranoid and rude is because you are the sort of person that assumes everyone has the same motivations that you do - like a thief that presumes everyone else steals from them - even verified critically-ill children?!?
Methinks with recent news, I hit the nail on the head ;)
Regardless, you should know that NONE of the other trainers we met that day were like that. In fact, they were more than happy to oblige verified critically-ill children, even letting them pet and give approved-snacks to prize horses.
Doug O'Neill was even kind enough to let them sit on Lava Man and even pet and give carrots to Nyquist - and Nyquist was running in the Juvenile Cup to qualify for the Derby - 6 months BEFORE he won the Derby - which is why he's our favorite trainer :)
So congratulations - you were the only paranoid, rude, trainer there, and likely the biggest A-hole I have ever personally met in my life!
Now - though sabotage does happen frequently in horse-racing - even more than once to the same person - sabotage usually happens to the losers, not the winners?!? LOL
So sell it somewhere else, A-hole - namely to Trumpers - because they're the only ones who repeatedly buy the "Boy-Wolf who cried Wolf Routine" without question, instead of realizing such personalities project their own crimes onto others as deflection off their own guilt.
Because if you were telling the truth about repeat sabotage, not only would you have lost more times than you won, but you would've taken more precautions - i.e. security cameras and regular testing your own horses yourself to ensure no one is doing it without your knowledge?!?
But you don't - which is an extremely odd thing not to do, for a person who has cried wolf as many times as you have!
Perhaps the real reason you don't is because you're guilty and you just thought you were above reproach? ;)
At some point, people start to realize the real wolf is the one who crying wolf repeatedly, without providing any proof or taking any extra documentation or back-up steps to prepare for and prove your innocence, should the question arise. It catches up with you - as it will Trump someday ;)
May I just say on behalf of myself, my husband, and the group of chronically, critically, and terminally-ill children we brought to the Breeder's Cup that day - it's about damn time!
"I can't admit to something I didn't do, and I will swear under oath that I had no knowledge of this drug being administered - but I will take the suspension and fine, because it happened on my watch and was therefore still my responsibility."