Bob Baffert’s resume is unquestioned. Just in the Triple Crown races, he’s won six Kentucky Derbies, seven Preakness Stakes, and three Belmont Stakes. He’s trained two Triple Crown winners. And that’s before the Breeder’s Cup and international wins that have given his barns well over $320 million in career purse earnings.
But let’s face it, he’s straining credulity at this point. His last Triple Crown winner in Justify probably shouldn’t have been able to race. He got suspended by the state of Arkansas last year for the same shenanigans. The name of one of those horses? Charlatan. Your editor would throw that first draft in the trash for being too much.
And now Medina Spirit, the 2021 Kentucky Derby winner, is likely going to be the second horse ever to have his victory vacated at Churchill Downs because of a post-race failed drug test.
Baffert is a 2009 member of the Horse Racing Hall of Fame, but should he be? That museum is in Saratoga, New York and we can think of a few people a few hamlets over in Cooperstown that aren’t in another Hall of Fame due to very similar infractions.
Below are some of the best tweets we saw dragging a man that has failed once again to live up to the standards of his sport. Allegedly.
We’re getting these in now, because he also has the top two horses via the morning line odds for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Medina Spirit is the 9-5 favorite, while Baffert’s Concert Tour is listed at 5-2 from the tenth gate.
Bob Baffert’s horses walking into the paddock pic.twitter.com/hN96jtbZl2— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) May 9, 2021
Bob Baffert looks EXACTLY like an actor that would play the character of a guy who dopes horses to win races in a movie. https://t.co/m6aUmiTkWn— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) May 10, 2021
Same. Playbook. Are Bob Baffert and Lance Armstrong using the same lawyer or what? pic.twitter.com/d2tux3gBrU— emily plant (@ejplantain) May 12, 2021
Bob Baffert saying his horse wasn’t on drugs while looking like a ‘70’s Cocaine Kingpin. Nothing about this says drugs were not involved to me. https://t.co/uHdw6bfsIO— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) May 10, 2021
Bob Baffert releases new statement in which he says, “Oops, I guess I did do it” pic.twitter.com/Yn30EolMjQ— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 11, 2021
Last week everyone asked - “how does Bob Baffert do it?” Here’s our answer. https://t.co/0nXBK3wlOm— Cousin Sal (@TheCousinSal) May 9, 2021
"We did not cheat to win the Kentucky Derby."— Mediaite (@Mediaite) May 10, 2021
At least 29 of Bob Baffert's horses failed a drug test during his career. Baffert has now blamed "cancel culture" after his Kentucky Derby winning horse was the latest to test positive for a banned substance. https://t.co/mylfaO5k0K