PETA Urges Racing Officials To Remove Trainer Bob Baffert From The Sport, Claims ’75 Horses In His Care Have Died’ After Havnameltdown’s Death In Preakness
- Havnameltdown was euthanized after bending his left front leg in Preakness
- Baffet’s request to lift a 2-year ban from Churchill Downs was denied in February
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PETA has slammed trainer Bob Baffert and wants him out of the sport, claiming that “75 horses in his care have died” following news that another of his horses was euthanized on the track during Saturday’s Preakness undercard.
Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president of the animal rights group, criticized organizers of the triple crown race for giving Baffert access to the track.
The latest controversy surrounding the 75-year-old comes just two months after a federal judge denied Baffert’s request to lift his two-year suspension by Kentucky Derby coordinators, who the Hall of Famer trainer Fama described it as a kind of “cultural cancellation”. ‘ in 2021.
“Pimlico should have followed the example of Churchill Downs and excluded Bob Baffert from the track,” Guillermo told DailyMail.com exclusively. ‘Baffert has been implicated in drug scandals, the deaths of seven horses that collapsed in California and at least 75 horses under his care have died.
‘Havnameltdown’s tragic death is the latest in a long series of deaths. The racing industry must kick out the bad guys or they will have blood on their hands and blood on their tracks.”
Havnameltdown’s death comes weeks after the Kentucky Derby was marred by eight deaths in a 10-day span before the May 6 race.
PETA Wants to Ban Bob Baffert After Trainer Linked to Total Death of 75 Horses
Havnameltdown, owned by Baffet, was killed in the Preakness after Saturday’s preliminary race.
Baffert has horses running Preakness weekend for the first time in two years after returning from a suspension stemming from the failed drug test of 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit.
He was unable to enter horses in the Derby either of the past two years as part of a Churchill Downs decision and was unable to have any in the 2022 Preakness or Belmont due to a 90-day ban in Kentucky honored by Maryland and New York.
One of his horses, Arabian Lion, had won a previous race. Baffert is also set to saddle National Treasure in the Preakness.
On Saturday, after sharing the announcement of Havnameltdown’s death, the seven-time Preakness winner said he and his team were devastated by the thoroughbred’s death.
Havnameltdown’s death came after eight horses died at Churchill Downs in a span of 10 days.
“This is a shock to everyone at our stable who loves and cares for these horses every day,” Baffert wrote on Twitter. ‘Hanvameltdown obviously got hit pretty hard coming out of the gate. We don’t know if that contributed to the injury, but we will be completely transparent with those reviewing this terrible accident.”
While horse racing deaths in the US are at their lowest level since tracking began in 2009, adding another at the track that hosts a Triple Crown race will only intensify internal and external scrutiny of the industry.
Those inside have said they accept the reality of horse deaths at the track while acknowledging that more work needs to be done to prevent as many as possible.
In that sense, the new national rules on medication and doping will come into force on Monday. The federally mandated Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, which already regulated racetrack safety and other measures, will oversee horse drug testing requirements that should standardize the sport across the country.
Prior to that, Mage has a chance with a Preakness win to become the first horse to go to the Belmont Stakes with a chance at a Triple Crown since Baffert’s Justify in 2018.