Arkansas racing officials vote not to suspend Bob Baffert

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File-This Nov. 7, 2020, file photo shows trainer Bob Baffert, center, and others celebrating Authentic's win in the Breeder's Cup Classic horse race at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky. Hall of Fame trainer Baffert, who was fined and suspended last year by Arkansas racing officials for a pair of drug positives, sat through nearly nine hours of testimony Monday, April 19, 2021, on the first day of his appeal hearing. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

By BETH HARRIS, the Associated Press

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has successfully appealed his 15-day suspension to the Arkansas Racing Commission. The six-time Kentucky Derby winner can now resume preparations to run Medina Spirit in next weekend’s Derby. After 13 1/2 hours of testimony over two days, the commission voted unanimously to uphold the stewards’ original ruling but with modifications. Those changes involve dropping Baffert’s suspension, reducing the fines to $5,000 per horse and restoring the horses’ placing and purse money.

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