Baffert's Appeal Hearing Over Medina Spirit Disqualification Pushed To Aug. 22 - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Baffert’s Appeal Hearing Over Medina Spirit Disqualification Pushed To Aug. 22

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

As Bob Baffert nears the end of a 90-day suspension issued by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the trainer's pending appeal hearing in the Medina Spirit case has been delayed. According to, Baffert attorney Craig Robertson said the postponement from June 28 to Aug. 22 was a “mutual decision by all sides.”

The KHRC disqualified Medina Spirit from his win in the 2021 Kentucky Derby due to a post-race finding of betamethasone. The decision included the 90-day suspension for Baffert and a $7,500 fine.

The KHRC suspension differs from Baffert's two-year ban from all Churchill Downs, Inc. properties, which is being contested in court.

Since Baffert's suspension will be up in early July, the primary relief sought in the appeal hearing is to reverse the disqualification, Robertson said.

The appeal of the stewards' decision will be open to the public, per Kristin Voskuhl, Kentucky's Public Protection Cabinet's executive director of communications.


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