May 28, 2023
Churchill Statement on Affirmative Federal Court Order

A federal decide, coach Bob Baffert’s Louisville, Ky. Churchill Downs Inc., a day after the corporate dismissed its lawsuit in opposition to its CEO, Invoice Carstanjen, and its chairman, Alex Rankin, for its choice to droop the Racing Corridor of Fame coach. The corporate made an announcement stating that it was glad with the courtroom’s choice.

The assertion additionally stated the corporate will convey its choice within the coming weeks on the standing of Baffert’s deliberate two-year suspension till the tip of the present season. Churchill Downs The assembly will finish on July third.

When the corporate introduced this present suspension in June 2021, it stated it “reserves Baffert’s proper to increase the suspension interval within the occasion of further violations in any racing jurisdiction.”

The complete assertion launched by CDI on Thursday is as follows.

Churchill Downs Inc. by Bob Baffert. and a federal lawsuit in opposition to his two chief officers was dismissed by a Louisville decide on Might 24.


Churchill Downs (Inc.) is happy that the courtroom granted our movement, concluding the final remaining declare in our favour, because the courtroom dominated in our case, in a civil motion introduced by Bob Baffert in opposition to our firm, our CEO, and our chairman of the board of administrators. in favor of all earlier claims. Whereas (Baffert) might select to file a groundless attraction, this enhances the seemingly countless, arduous and pointless litigation proceedings initiated by Mr. Baffert.

Our actions to droop Mr Baffert and his in depth historical past of drug violations after Medina Spirit examined constructive for a prohibited substance on race day have been finished in one of the best ways to protect the integrity of horse racing. Now greater than ever, contributors and operators on this trade should assume the accountability, individually and collectively, to take all cheap precautions to guard our equestrian and human athletes and to reject any follow that jeopardizes this mission.

We’re inspired that the Horse Racing Integrity and Security Authority (HISA) Anti-Doping and Drug Management (ADMC) Program goes into impact this month. It has traditionally created complicated delays and threatened the belief and confidence of our followers.

As we acknowledged once we suspended Mr. Baffert in June 2021, we reserve the correct to increase the suspension and can announce our choice on the finish of the primary two-year suspension. This choice by the US district courtroom in our favor is a victory for our continued actions and our agency dedication to defending the security of our equine and human athletes.

This press launch has been edited by the BloodHorse Staff when it comes to content material and elegance.

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