Struggling Hall of Fame coach Bob Baffert faces more trouble this week after revealing that Derby kentucky winner Medina Spirit failed a drug test after the race, and there would now be legal implications.
Bettors in California and Kentucky filed two class actions against Baffert on Thursday and Friday, accusing him of fraud, racketeering and negligence after Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone in a drug test after the race, according to the Louisville Mail Journal.
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MEDINA SPIRIT HAS BEEN TREATED WITH OINTMENT CONTAINING BETAMETHASONE, BOB BAFFERT REVEALS
“We all think this is a long shot,” said a plaintiff in the California lawsuit. “But if we don’t (talk) for the bettors, this will continue. Nothing will change, in my opinion. “
The lawsuits demand compensation for bets lost after Medina Spirit’s victory and another demand Baffert’s complete dismissal from the sport. The Jefferson County case claims plaintiffs were expected to cash out at least $ 1 million, while the California lawsuit says plaintiffs missed out on winnings worth at least $ 54,000, according to the report.
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Baffert’s attorney, Craig Robertson, told the Courier-Journal that the California lawsuit is “completely frivolous and has no legal merit.”
“We’re always left to hold the bag, and there never seems to be any consequences for those who are able to prevent something like this from happening, but who won’t,” a complainant said in the Jefferson County case. “This lawsuit is more than a question of money. It is high time that coaches and racetracks were held to account for their actions and their failures. I hope this trial will change the way things are done and behavior. “
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Churchill Downs, Inc. is also named in one of the lawsuits for failing to detect the drug before the race.
Medina Spirit was cleared to take part in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday after passing three pre-race testing laps.