Del Mar President Says They Will Honor KY Suspension of Bob Baffert

Del Mar racingDEL MAR, Calif. – Hall of Fame horse trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended by Churchill Downs after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive for a banned substance in two post-race drug tests.

That means no horse trained by Baffert or his stable can race in the Derby for the next two years.

Prior to the decision Wednesday, FOX 5’s Kathleen Bade spoke with Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President Joe Harper about Baffert — a longtime personal friend and a familiar face at the track — and what race fans can expect to see in the upcoming season.

“We will honor whatever the Kentucky Racing Commission says,” Harper said. “If they give (Baffert) a number of days off — whether it’s 30 or 60, whatever the number is — we would honor that.”

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