Re: Baffert or Baffert (412 Views)
Posted by: TGJB
Date: May 13, 2021 12:56AM
No. My point is not about testing and punishment (this time, I’ve been banging that drum for over 15 years). If the positive is confirmed the horse has to be DQ’d, no matter how it got there, barring someone actually flaking him.
My point is the effect of that drug, in this situation, was negligible. I will handicap that horse in the Preakness as if the whole thing had not happened. And any serious trainer would know that, and that the horse was sure to test positive. I told someone hours before the ointment story broke that it was going to turn out to be something like that. Again— I’m not taking a position on Baffert in general or saying he’s an angel. But by far the most likely explanation is exactly what he has said, simply because he’s not stupid, nuts, or self destructive.