Lawsuits filed by bettors against Bob Baffert

Two groups of bettors have filed class action lawsuits against the trainer Bob Baffert tested positive after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit for the post-race regulated steroid betamethasone.

The lawsuits accuse Baffert of fraud, extortion and negligence. according to the Louisville Courier Journal, and one of them is seeking his complete removal from the sport. Punters want compensation for the bets they lost after Medina Spirit’s victory at Churchill Downs.

“We all think it’s a long road,” said one of the plaintiffs, Justin Wunderler, via the courier journal. “But if not [speak up] For bettors, it just keeps going. In my opinion, nothing will change there.”

Wunderler, along with three others, said they were withheld from at least $54,000 worth of payouts from the race after Medina Spirit’s win was tallied before the horse tested positive for the banned substance. A plaintiff in the second lawsuit, Anthony Mattera, said he and his partners would rake in at least $1 million in winnings.

It’s unclear exactly what bets they placed.

“As horse players, we’re used to being abused and mistreated,” Mattera said. via the courier journal. “We are always in charge and there never seems to be any consequences for those who are able to prevent something like this but don’t. There’s more to this court case than just money. It’s over.” Time when coaches and circuits are held accountable for their actions and their failures. My hope is that this lawsuit will change practice and behavior.”

One of the lawsuits also alleged that Baffert and Churchill Downs were negligent in not discovering the positive test and ineligible horse before the race and hope to create a fund to settle bets involving horses that the report says eventually be disqualified.

Baffert’s lawyer described the lawsuit as “completely frivolous with no legal value”.

Baffert admitted to treating Medina Spirit after accusing the “cancelling culture.”

Baffert admitted to treating Medina Spirit with an ointment that contained betamethasone before winning the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.

Trainers are required to stop administering it at least 14 days before the race, but Baffert said he gave Medina Spirit the ointment up until the day before the race after the horse “developed dermatitis on its hind end.”

Baffert – who has a long history of similar violations – the admission to administering bethamethasone is a complete change from what he said on Fox News just a day earlier. Baffert actually tried to somehow blame the positive testand his subsequent suspension from Churchill Downs for “breaking culture”.

Medina Spirit’s victory at the Kentucky Derby is still in the stars. However, he has passes three drug tests and is allowed to participate in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

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