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Arkansas racing officials vote not to suspend Bob Baffert

The six-time Kentucky Derby winner can now resume preparations to run Medina Spirit in next weekend’s Derby.
Bob Baffert (Photo: WKYT)
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Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 5:06 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has successfully appealed his 15-day suspension to the Arkansas Racing Commission.

The six-time Kentucky Derby winner can now resume preparations to run Medina Spirit in next weekend’s Derby. After 13 1/2 hours of testimony over two days, the commission voted unanimously to uphold the stewards’ original ruling but with modifications.

Those changes involve dropping Baffert’s suspension, reducing the fines to $5,000 per horse and restoring the horses’ placing and purse money.

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