Bob Baffert was suspended for 15 days after two horses tested positive for lidocaine. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Hall of Fame horse trainer Bob Baffert was suspended by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance, according to TMZ.
The 67-year-old Baffert will miss 15 days after two of his horses tested positive for lidocaine, a numbing substance. Baffert claims the horses were exposed to lidocaine after another trainer used a lidocaine patch on his back and accidentally transferred the substance to the horses. The Arkansas Racing Commission did not accept that explanation.
Lidocaine is considered a Class 2 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, according to NBC Sports. The first offense punishment for using it results in a suspension that can last 15 to 60 days. The punishment also includes a fine of either $500 or $1,000.
As a result of the positives, the owners of the horses will have to give back prize money won by the horses in May. Both horses — Charlatan and Gamine — won events at the Arkansas Derby on May 2. Charlatan earned $300,000 as a result of the win.
Baffert’s suspension won’t begin until Aug. 1.
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