Spendthrift Farm 'To Hit The Pause Button' On Relationship With Bob Baffert, MyRacehorse Pulls Horses - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Spendthrift Farm ‘To Hit The Pause Button’ On Relationship With Bob Baffert, MyRacehorse Pulls Horses

Authentic and Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez win the 2020 Kentucky Derby

Spendthrift Farm will be removing several horses from the care of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert following this week's controversy over the test results of Medina Spirit after the Kentucky Derby, reports the Daily Racing Form.

Following Sea, a Spendthrift homebred who had been under consideration for Saturday's Chick Lang at Pimlico, has been transferred to trainer Todd Pletcher and will not run Saturday. In addition, four 2-year-olds recently shipped to Baffert in Southern California will also be moved, likely to trainer Richard Mandella.

“Given the circumstances we thought it was best to hit the pause button,” Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey told DRF. “I think we need to step back and let's see how things play out. We're not ruling anything out in the future.”

Spendthrift and Baffert teamed up last year to win the Kentucky Derby with Authentic, bringing along thousands of micro-share owners via MyRacehorse. Authentic went on to win the Breeders' Cup Classic and be named Champion 3-Year-Old and Horse of the Year before his retirement to stud at Spendthrift.

“Bob gave us the thrill of a lifetime last year,” Toffey continued. “Bob has never had a positive test for us. Given the circumstances, the best thing for the time being is to step back.”

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

Also Tuesday, MyRacehorse updated its owners to say three horses — Laforgia, Forbidden Kingdom, and Infinite Empire — will be moved from Baffert to Richard Mandella.

The group released the following statement to its owners:

“Over the past several days we have been in talks with Spendthrift Farm and we have decided that based on the current uncertainty of the Bob Baffert situation, as a fiduciary to our owners, we will move the horses currently in training with Bob Baffert to Richard Mandella. The three horses that will be moved are Laforgia, Forbidden Kingdom, and Infinite Empire.

We do have another horse, a Distorted Humor colt we recently purchased from OBS April that we were also intending to send to Bob Baffert and no decision on this colt or any future horses have been made at this time. In the two years we have been with Bob Baffert we have been impressed by his horsemanship, passion for the game and love of the horse. The current situation is unfortunate, and we hope through due process things work out favorably for Bob Baffert, but in the short term we are confident this is the right decision for the stable and our owners. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.”

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