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Baffert to Appeal Lidocaine Rulings

Friday, 17th July 2020

Champion US trainer Bob Baffert has signalled his intention to appeal against rulings handed down by Oaklawn Park’s Board of Stewards. Baffert has been handed a 15-day suspension after two of his runners were found to have over-the-limit lidocaine when tested on Arkansas Derby day. According to horseracingnation.com. Charlatan – winner of one of the two Arkansas Derby divisions – has had the race victory taken away, as has Gamine, subsequent sensational winner of Belmont Park’s Gr1 Gamely Stakes. Although the use of lidocaine is perfectly legal, there is a 72 hour withdrawal period in Arkansas, with a 20 picograms per millilitre threshold allowance, a threshold exceeded by both horses. The Baffert legal team contends that the subject horses came into contact with lidocaine via a medicinal patch worn by assistant trainer Jimmy Barns who is recovering from a broken pelvis. Lidocaine’s regulation is due to its potential to mask lameness.

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