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2 Bob Baffert horses test positive for banned substances: report

Two of Bob Baffert's horses have tested positive for lidocaine, according to reports.

A renowned horse trainer’s Kentucky Derby dream may not make it to the starting gate.

Two-time Triple Crown trainer Bob Baffert has had two of his horses test positive for banned substances.


An anonymous source told the Louisville Courier Journal that Baffert’s horses tested positive during a recent meet at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

One of the horses was Kentucky Derby favorites Charlatan or Nadal, according to the insider. The other was revealed to be a 3-year-old filly named Gamine, reported The New York Times.


Lidocaine was found in both horses, according to reports.

The doping revelation hinders Baffert’s shot at a record-tying sixth Kentucky Derby victory.

After the allegation was levied, the 67-year-old trainer issued a statement.

“I am hoping for an expedited investigation and look forward to being able to speak soon about any written decision of the stewards,” wrote Baffert. “If and when it becomes necessary and I’m allowed to under the commission’s confidentiality rules.”

Justify, Baffert’s 2018 Triple Crown-winning horse, tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug scopolamine following the Santa Anita Derby, according to the Courier Journal.

That test result was kept under wraps by California regulators until it was uncovered in 2019.

But officials dismissed the finding on the claim that the colt’s feed had been tainted.

Because the results were dismissed, it went on to become the 13th Triple Crown winner and retire to stud with breeding rights sold for a reportedly whopping $60 million, according to the Courier Journal.


“We will not have a situation like in California, where a horse ran in the Kentucky Derby after failing a drug test,” said Oaklawn Park owner Louis Cella. “This was an embarrassment to the industry. We will push to have this cleared up by the Belmont Stakes.”

The Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, is scheduled for June 20.