California supports reciprocity of the Buffert suspension

California stewards on April 2 backed reciprocal rejection by the Kentucky Jumping Commission of Hall of Fame coach Bob Buffert, a standard practice for racing jurisdictions across the country.

Decree on reciprocity issued in Santa Anita Park Stewards Louis Yareghi, Will Meers and Kim Sawyer and released on Saturday by the California Jumping Council, reflect the suspension of the KHRC, which Buffert is appealing, and the case is due to be referred to a hearing officer on April 18. Pursuant to rule CHRB 1484 (evidence of unfitness for license), the ordinance suspends Buffert’s activities for 90 days, from April 4 to July 2.

The KHRC’s suspension was originally scheduled to take place from March 8 to June 15, but was postponed until April 4 due to a trial as Buffert extended his term of office, which was eventually rejected on April 1 by the Kentucky Court of Appeal.

Rule CHRB 1843.3, which requires a coach Santa Anita Park a barn that must be vacated along with all signs, colors, and training equipment prior to the suspension of such length – and deny the coach access to any CHRB-licensed facility – will also be enforced. The Daily Racing Form reported on April 2 that trainers Sean McCarthy and Tim Yaktin will take control of the horses from Buffert’s stable while he serves a deviation, according to Santa Anita officials.

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Kentucky stewards fired and fined Baffert for disqualifying the Medina Spirit Zedan Racing Stables from winning the May 1, 2021 derby presented by the Woodford Reserve (G1) on Churchill Downs after the test after the race and the separation of the sample showed the presence of the corticosteroid betamethasone, a class C substance banned at any level on the day of the race in the state.

Buffert’s lawyers argued in court that the results of Medina Spirit tests show that the detection of betamethasone is due to the fact that the foal received an antifungal ointment Otomax from skin problems on the hind limbs. Baffert’s lawyers argue that the KHRC’s betamethasone regulations do not apply to such topical treatments.

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Medina Spirit walks near Bob Baffert’s barn in Santa Anita Park

KHRC representatives in court disagreed with the argument that the Kentucky rules only apply to “betamethasone acetate,” which, according to Buffert’s lawyers, is from injections and not found in the sample; and do not use “betamethasone valerate”, which they claim is in Otomaks ointment and is the only form found in the test.

In June, during a Kentucky court hearing, Jennifer Walsing, KHRC’s chief legal counsel, said the ban on betamethasone “did not differ” between creams and injections on the regulator’s list of banned substances.

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In a statement issued on April 2 by 1 / ST Racing, which manages Santa Anita Park in Southern California and Golden Gate Fields in Northern California, along with San Luis Rey Downs, has clarified the requirements for any trainer who can receive horses previously trained by Buffert.

“Due to the CHRB ruling any trainer in Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, San Luis Rey Downs or Los Alamitas who may be transferred horses from the Baffert barn will have to apply for a stall for those horses from the racing offices of Santa Anita or Golden Gate Fields, as the case may be, for consideration and approval, ”the statement said. “In order to take part in the race after such a transfer, it will also be necessary to apply for a change in the coach’s uniform. Horses that are not transferred to the coach in California will have to leave the area by April 4.”

According to CHRB rules, because the suspension lasts more than 60 days, 1 / ST Racing said: were under his care.

“Any coach who can apply for kiosks pending the transition will have to fully comply with any applicable restrictions,” the statement said.

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Key 3-year-olds already transferred from Baffert’s care –Monsieur , Double and McLaren Vale staying on the West Coast with Yaktin and Black goose coach Rudolph Brissett’s attachment to the Kentucky String – due to a separate ban from Churchill Downs Inc. that prohibits his horses from earning qualifying points on the Kentucky Derby Road or the Kentucky Oaks Road. The CDI has also suspended the simulator from its racetracks until mid-2023.

Buffert is challenging the decision in federal court, where a hearing on a preliminary motion for a ban is scheduled for April 15.

A statement issued late Saturday by Baffert’s lawyer, Clark Brewster, said: “Bob will respect the previous decisions of the CHRB, although he is disappointed with the extremely harsh deviation that so unfairly affects all his hardworking staff. Bob believes that ultimately, and with patience the system will allow for a fair, impartial and reasonable decision ”.

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