Hell hath no fury like a scorned bettor.
Four horseplayers have filed a class-action lawsuit in the state of California against Bob Baffert and Zedan Racing, the owner of Medina Spirit, after the first-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby failed a post-race drug test. The plaintiffs allege missing winning Derby-day payouts between $100 and $100,000 after Baffert committed “multiple and repeated acts of doping and entering horses into Thoroughbred races.”
Describing Baffert’s behavior as racketeering, the plaintiffs say action needs to be taken to remove Baffert from horse racing as the trainer poses “a threat of continuing criminal activity extending indefinitely into the future.”
In a statement to the Paulick Report, Baffert’s attorney described the lawsuit as “completely frivolous and without legal merit.”
Without any legal knowledge, I think it’s safe to say it’s unlikely that four big-time bettors will take down Baffert with RICO charges. Nevertheless, it’s a remarkable story that proves Baffert’s doping issues will not be leaving headlines anytime soon.