The Churchill Downs cited Mr. Baffert’s continued unwillingness to accept responsibility for the failed postrace drug test of the 2021 Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit.Medina Spirit’s victory was revoked.
Mr. Baffert’s horses have won the Kentucky Derby six times. His career earnings total $344 million. But, Mr. Baffert has had more than his share of controversies. His autobiography includes his stories of skirting rules.
One of the non-quantifiable benefits of ethics is trust. If someone has never had a question about following rules, their explanations when facing an accusation hold some weight. Without trust, skepticism abounds. From the little boy who cried wolf too often to the Baffert stories about how his horses came to test positive, the credibility gap grows. So does the length of the suspensions.