Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by Oaklawn Park stewards over positive tests returned by Charlatan and Gamine on the Arkansas Derby card.
Bob Baffert has claimed Charlatan and Gamine were “unknowingly and innocently exposed” to a banned substance resulting in positive drug tests at Oaklawn Park.
Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby hopes are in tatters after favourite Charlatan was ruled out through injury and Authentic was beaten at Santa Anita.
Kentucky Derby favourite Charlatan was one of two high-profile Bob Baffert horses to test positive for a banned substance after winning at Oaklawn Park on May 2, reports from the US said on Friday.
Bob Baffert dominated both divisions of the Arkansas Derby as Charlatan and Nadal kept their unbeaten records intact at Oaklawn Park.
Bob Baffert straddles the two divisions of the Arkansas Derby with his unbeaten colts Charlatan and Nadal, both leading fancies for the Kentucky Derby.
The G1 Arkansas Derby has been split into two divisions – featuring a multitude of leading Kentucky Derby contenders.
Charlatan has yet to try a stakes race – but the Bob Baffert-trained colt has produced the two highest Beyer speed figures this year by a three-year-old.