Churchill Downs Incorporated is extending the suspension for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert through the end of 2024, the company announced Monday. The parent company of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., claimed that Baffert poses a "threat to the safety and integrity of racing" at its tracks.
With each news story about another therapeutic medication positive for trainer Todd Pletcher in recent weeks, racing fans have asked a question that's likely uncomfortable for racetracks – when will Todd get the Bob Baffert treatment?
Arcangelo won the 155th running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday, helping break down a barrier in horseracing. With Arcangelo's victory, Jena Antonucci made history, becoming the first female trainer to win a Triple Crown race.
After Arabian Lion made short work of four rivals in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico on May 20, trainer Bob Baffert lamented that maybe he should have run the 3-year-old Justify colt later that afternoon in the day's marquee event: the 148th running of the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes.
Two days before hosting the final leg of the Triple Crown, Belmont Park canceled live racing Thursday due to the poor air quality around Elmont, N.Y. Smoke from Canadian wildfires has also forced postponements as far away as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Trainer Todd Pletcher had a miserable weekend at Churchill Downs during the first Saturday in May. Pletcher traditionally fares much better at his home track in the Belmont Stakes and he's got a formidable duo entered this Saturday in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
The third jewel of the Triple Crown will be run this Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. A field of nine has been entered in the Belmont, headed by morning-line favorite Forte and Preakness winner National Treasure.
Churchill Downs has announced the suspension of racing operations amid an "unusual number" of horse fatalities at the historic track in May alone. In a press release Friday, the track revealed the cancelation of races from June 7 through July 3 while nationwide experts conduct a "top-to-bottom review" of safety protocols.
The head of horse racing's oversight authority believes Churchill Downs would accept a recommendation to pause racing if necessary as an emergency summit convenes to examine the deaths of 12 horses over the past month at the home of the Kentucky Derby.
With National Treasure's victory, Bob Baffert became the winningest trainer at the Preakness, earning his eighth title and first since 2018. It's also the first Preakness win for Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.