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Supreme Court denies Baffert's appeal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal from trainer Bob Baffert that stemmed from a filly's positive drug test three years ago.
Baffert had wanted the Supreme Court to reinstate his lawsuit against the California Horse Racing Board, which had resulted in a federal court awarding him $102,780 to cover his expenses in the dispute with the racing board.
The board had ordered Baffert suspended for 60 days in 2000 after the horse Nautical Look tested positive for morphine. Baffert successfully fought the suspension in court, and a judge threw out the case because blood samples from the horse had been destroyed.
Baffert, a three-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer, claimed the samples were intentionally destroyed and that he was denied his right to a fair trial.
In 2002, a federal judge in California awarded Baffert $102,780 in his dispute with the racing board. But the board appealed, and the award was later reversed by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.