Bob Baffert’s attorneys filed two letters to Judge Carol Bagley-Amon on July 9 regarding the Hall of Fame coach’s civil suit against the New York Racing Association, which is scheduled to be heard July 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
On behalf of Baffert, Attorney W. Craig Robertson III filed a response to the NYRA’s request for a pre-action conference in anticipation of the NYRA’s move to dismiss the case, which stems from the NYRA’s May 17 decision to sanction Baffert with a temporary suspension after returning from positive post-race drug tests in Kentucky. Derby presented by the winner of the Woodford Reserve (G1) city spirit and a series of other positive drug tests for Baffert’s trained horses.
Much of the information in the letter arguing against dismissal was also included in a 44-page affidavit provided by Baffert’s attorneys on July 7.
Judge Amon is expected to rule on the dismissal request before the start of Monday’s trial in Brooklyn.
In another letter, Robertson provided the information that Judge Amon requested during a July 8 conference call regarding owners removing horses from Baffert’s care due to the NYRA suspension. In the affidavit, you stated that WinStar Farm President, CEO, and Racing Director Elliott Walden has been transferred country grammar And the life is good From Baffert’s fold so they had the option to race in New York, which was backed up by quotes from Walden in the Daily Racing Form and BloodHorse.
The testimony also listed the names of other unidentified owners as having taken horses from Baffert, and Judge Amon requested the names of these individuals by Friday noon. In response, the names sent to court were SF Bloodstock’s Gavin Murphy, Starlight Racing’s Jack Wolf, Peter Fluor of Speedway Stable, Sol Kumin of Madaket Stables and George Bolton.
The names of the horses sent to different pens are not included in the letter.
Robertson has yet to answer questions asking if Baffert will be in court on Monday and be called to testify.