In a statement circulated to the media Wednesday morning, Bob Baffert pledged to do everything possible to ensure that he receives no further medication positives, saying that he wanted to be a positive influence on horse racing.
Baffert, who has seen medication positives over overages three times in the last six months, outlined several steps his barn was taking.
The statement in full reads:
“2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. It has been no exception for my family, my barn, and me. I am very aware of the several incidents this year concerning my horses and the impact it has had on my family, horse racing, and me.
“I want to have a positive influence on the sport of horse racing. Horses have been my life and I owe everything to them and the tremendous sport in which I have been so fortunate to be involved.
“We can always do better and that is my goal. Given what has transpired this year, I intend to do everything possible to ensure I receive no further medication complaints. As such, I want to announce that, beginning immediately, I plan to implement the following procedures in an effort to make my barn one of the leaders in best practices and rule compliance:
- I am retaining Dr. Michael Hore of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to add an additional layer of protection to ensure the well-being of horses in my care and rule compliance.
- I am increasing the training and awareness of all my employees when it comes to proper protocols.
- I am personally increasing my oversight and commitment to running a tight ship and being careful that protective measures are in place.
“I want to raise the bar and set the standard for equine safety and rule compliance going forward. For those of you that have been upset over the incidents of this past year, I share in your disappointment. I humbly vow to do everything within my power to do better. I want my legacy to be one of making every effort to do right by the horse and the sport.”
Baffert's most recent medication issue was Gamine's positive test for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, when she was third in the GI Kentucky Oaks Sept. 4. Gamine also tested positive for lidocaine at Oaklawn May 2, as did Charlatan the same day.