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Crawford: Racing Needs ‘Fair, Transparent, And Timely Resolution’ To Medina Spirit Case

Bob Baffert and Medina Spirit, the morning after the 2021 Kentucky Derby

Sports journalist Eric Crawford of WDRB urged the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to issue a decision on whether or not Bob Baffert trainee Medina Spirit will be disqualified from his victory in this year's Kentucky Derby.

He points out that in the only other similar case, when 1968 Derby first-place finisher Dancer's Image was disqualified over a post-race drug test, that decision was handed down three days after the race. Crawford acknowledged that the lawsuits dragged on for another four years, but adds that the lawsuits are “inevitable.”

“The state racing commission should do all it can to make sure Baffert and Medina Spirit's owner, Amr Zedan, get due process,” Crawford wrote. “But in the end, that body must also realize that racing as a sport needs a fair, transparent and timely resolution of this high-profile situation.

“For the sport of horse racing, which long has been (rightly) accused of capitulating to big-name trainers, dragging its feet on potentially controversial drug rulings or washing its hands of them altogether, the public nature of this particular allegation adds an urgency to getting it right – and doing it in the right way.”

Read more at WDRB.

Additional stories about Baffert's Kentucky Derby positive and ensuing legal battles can be found here.

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