04/12/2013 3:39PM

Baffert calls sudden deaths 'personally troubling'

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ARCADIA, Calif. – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, whose stable has had several instances of horses suffering sudden death in the last 16 months, released a statement on Friday, describing the loss of the horses as “personally troubling and of great sadness to me.”

In the statement, Baffert said that he was working with “everyone, including the California Horse Racing Board, my veterinarians and staff at the track to find the causes of the unexplained deaths.”

Baffert has had at least two horses die of sudden death in the last five months. In November 2011, Baffert lost Irrefutable when the 5-year-old collapsed and died after finishing second in the Vernon Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Overall, at least seven instances of sudden death have occurred in Thoroughbreds at Southern California tracks since late November. The leading causes have been cardiac failure, respiratory issues, and vascular failure. Racing board chairman David Israel said on Thursday that the cases of sudden death are being investigated.

Wednesday, at a racing board committee meeting, Dr. Rick Arthur, California equine medical director, said that 19 sudden deaths of all breeds of racehorses were reported through the state in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. The number for the current fiscal year was 17 through Tuesday, Arthur said.

Friday, Arthur said that Baffert, his staff and veterinarians “have been fully cooperative at all times” when dealing with the cases of sudden death.

In his statement, Baffert said he hoped the research by the racing board and its pathologists “will discover information helpful to understanding the reasons that I, and many of my colleagues, have had horses suffer this unfortunate fate.”

Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Fred Colon thanks for the advice on gong back to school . I didnt realize this was grade . Just so you know Iam Handicapp I was in a horrible accident and i only made it to the *8th grade . Thanks for pointing out my disability for me ! Anything else I need to work on for you ? There is olny so much can do phyically . Maybe your can come over some time and type for me help brush my teeth mybe cook . There is only so much the nurce can do for me . Thanks for the rude comment - malice attack maybe should be nice before you put your foot in your mouth !! Maybe get to know someone before you assume !!!!
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Well, at least he gave us some info, give him credit, would like to see better health and success in conquering the problems for them all.. What the heck was going on at SA yesterday? 2 horses that broke down over the crossover in the turf course, and did a 3rd break down or just clip heels and fall?
Hail No More than 1 year ago
(All 3 seperate races, 2 on the turf, I believe one was on the main..)
ron breton More than 1 year ago
well BOB you got to find out how ppl think..as for me ,i don't take so. cal racing to serious.....it's more like mountianeir park catering to 5f races and quarter horse racing with all the short races..i think they cater to quarter horse trainers....
jttf More than 1 year ago
i guess they dont need a slaughter house in southern california. why isnt dr arthur giving us the names of baffert's vets who are involved ? why are the vets ignored in these cases ? dr arthur is losing points in this matter.
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
What? Only BB horses are dying. He only has the smallest outfit in Cali.
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
This is just the kind of publicity Baff was after. Yea he doesnt make enough money training horses, hes gotta make a few dollars on the side. I see a few posters here that would make expert politicians, you know completely lacking in objectivity and common sense. We should go back to the good old days of the lynch mob , hows that for conseratism?
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Mr Ed ! Iam not surprized by Bob Bafferts Morphine positive at all . What surprizes me is the article you are refering to . Tuesdayhorse By Vivian Farrell . Now Iam not sticking up for any one but thigs dont add up . Thoroughbredrulings is powered by Equibase ! It lists the ruling for all violations late to paddock late scr etc it lists day yr tack fine days drug etc ! Vivian Farrell rights a aricle with no stats none were she got the info etc > Google Vivian Farrell she is a Actress author Storyteller Lic Teacher ! Now my thing to you is She states Baffert has 465 DRUG Violations what kind be to the point > He hasnt had days in 9 yrs those are alot of violations to still have a lic !! Ness she states has 217 ! Thoroughbredrulings.com reports since he started 47 in that time he old served 7days in 8 yrs ! None of her numbers match against theres . Who do I believe a woman who roghts a article which she doesnt state at one time were she got her info from ! Or Equibase who isnt right all the time but there the best ! Were did Ness other 170 violations go ?? Plectcher 4 in Thoroughbredrulings.com over 1000 in her article those number of Violations numbers are to big for these guys to be traing . Dutrow has 51 in thoroughbredrulings.com since 05 ! So before that he had over 200 !!! Come on you be around long enough to realize her numbers are off ! Plechter only served days 1 once in ten yrs ! She states the number she does he should be training !!! nothing agaist horses activst Vivian but the numbers dont make sence dont add . What is her defintion of a drug violations ? I need to know plus I want to read were she got the info from and why she only has access to them ! Mr Ed you can believe her I cant not saying these guys arent guilty but her info doesnt make sence . Sorry !!!
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Do you really believe Nick Zito has 4,465 drug violations Roger Attfield 4,462 ??? Nick just served days for Clenbutarul . That was his first in 2 decades ! With 4,465 dug violations he would be in horse racing ot the hall of fame ! Same with Roger # Of Vivian dont add up sorry !
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Why are you quoting from this Vivian gal. Stop it. The information I gave you clearly shows Zito is one the cleanest and has one of the lowest totals and frequencies for drug violations. I think you had a bad dream. Shake it off.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Charles, it's possible that the numbers you are talking about here are actually the numbers of starts per trainer.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
No in aricle S.I.com Doug O Neill not only trainer with history of drugging horses !! In that article it reads Dale Romans trainer of Dullahan has 5 violatios , 4 of them foe improper administration of commonly used drus > Now Tuesdayshorse reports he has 1,438 which appeared in the NY TIMES !! Given by author Vivian Farrell So my question is Were did Dales other 1,433 violations go ???
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Chuck, I'm done with this craziness. You're losing it and I don't want to antagonize you in fear that you might go the way of one of Bafferts horses with cardiac failure.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
What the hail are you muttering about. If you want to go insane I wouldn't do it in such a public manner. Why are you yakking about Vivian Farrel? I never heard of her and would not read anything from an actress on this subject and suggest you don't either. The proof you ask for and were given was information requested and published from the proper governing authorities. It is not my fault that your beloved website thoroughbredrulings.com only goes back to 2005. Plenty of activity before that.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Wait, hold on Chucky. I just reread your post. I never referred to an article published by tuesday horse. Never. Never read or saw the crazy numbers you're referring to. You're out of your mind and making this crap up. Get over yourself.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Mr Ed I googled Bob Baffert like you said I read the two articles SI.com and Tuesdayshorse . Thats whay I was refering i read the others . bBut the # in Tuesdayshosre dont make sence thats all im saying . Im trying to have a conforsationwith with you thats all iim trying to learn and get educated and you are throwing thins out there like cardiac arrest im being nice you are all on the defence . You didnt say read this or read that I read all the articles and I stated to you things dont make sence You dont know who Vivian is etc Sorry im not as up to date and as kool as you !!!1
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Charles, I don't know what your reading. It doesn't sound like anything I referred to. Whatever it is, the huge numbers you have referenced might the total number of starts per trainer.
Fred Colon More than 1 year ago
You need to learn how to write. Go back to school and learn.
Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
As a 'player / bettor' I have watched Bob Baffert for many years ..Baff employs many people in all phases of horse racing , the money he's earned , is spread all around..I'm sure when the bills come due ,either weekly or monthly Bob writes the checks and many people benifit from the 'Baffert Barn ' Jockeys have become millionaires just riding Bob's horses . Its a normal occurrence to see Bob's string participating in the top $ Alw or Stakes races ..and when he 'gives up' on a horse , ( its not common ) but don't be surprised to see the horse in a bottom level claimer .....Why do they go after the guys that are keeping this business alive and viable ? ..Many Owners /Trainers have abandon Calif . because of High Taxes , Insurance and workers comp. etc... But Mr. Baffert has stuck it out . He is a great trainer / dedicated to the industry , these people should be coming to him for advise on how to help the industry survive ; not make veiled accusations ...BUT , if you see Bob at the track , Don't ask him how he likes his horse in the next race , he is not one give up anything ......
Black More than 1 year ago
Actually, I was next to him at a traffic signal a few blocks from Del Mar once and asked him if a horse of his was going to be a runner while we waited for the light to change . He smiled broadly and replied, Oh yeah! The horse was Vindication.
Debbie Bertone Francis More than 1 year ago
Just when I thought the American public had given up on racing, it's encouraging to see so many comments; for better or worse. We would all love to see the stock prosper and go on to living in a retirement facility, but it ain't going to happen. However, as long as we keep the mike-open, and in some indirect way become a watchdog on the industry, it will survive and prosper.
mrm More than 1 year ago
Baffert learned from the best...Quarterhorse trainers.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
IF everyone loves horse racing the way they say they do then why are we just picking on one guy ??? In the US alone every year there are hundreds of horse thatare sent to the killers . Why are we ju talking about the ones that Bob trains ? If everyone in theses prevous posts feels they way the do thn help to stop hrse slaughter period 120 comments not one about horse slaughter ! To me you all are missing the big picture here ! Everyone wats to see one guy go down when there are hundreds of other trainers sending there horses to the killers and know one is doing anything about it ! Why ? Very few trainers take the time to do right by the animals that pay there bills !!! I dont want to argue abut this yes i did post on this to but then it took me awhile to figure this out we lose more horses to slaughter and know one does anything abut it ! Big deal Obama signed a bill against i but it doesnt man its going to stop ! Out of sight out of mind !
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Baffert opened this conversation.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Charles, you have always been the poster boy for trainers with drug violations. Always pointing out their billionth of a gram overage. Always calling them cheaters and calling for their ban from racing like that bad boy Dutrow. I know it had to come as a shock to you to find out Baffert once had a morphine positive, and actually has more drug violations than Dutrow. Now you want to make this about horse slaughter? With spin like that you should get a job with DRF or the CHRB. Your phone must be ringing off the hook. But then again, approximately once every nine weeks a horse drops dead from Bafferts barn, so I guess it's kind of the same thing.