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Baffert to Appeal Lidocaine Rulings
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.