Scandals and Crime

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert (left), shown here leaving federal court during a Monday hearing, had his indefinite suspension by the New York Racing Association ruled unconstitutional. A Brooklyn judge said the suspension violated the trainer's due process rights. (Image: AP File Photo/John Minchillo)

Judge Rules Bob Baffert’s NYRA Suspension Unconstitutional

On the eve of Saratoga Race Course’s 2021 opening day, a New York federal judge ruled the New York Racing Association’s suspension of Bob Baffert was unconstitutional. That Wednesday ruling by Judge Carol Bagley Amon opens the gate for the Hall of Fame trainer to run his charges at Saratoga’s […]

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit remains the focus of a legal battle over his urine sample. On Wednesday, a Kentucky judge allowed further testing on the colt. (Image: Churchill Downs/Coady Photography)

Judge Grants Baffert’s Request for More Testing of Medina Spirit’s Urine

Kentucky Judge Thomas Wingate granted permission on Wednesday for a urine sample of Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit to undergo extra testing at a New York lab. Blood-Horse first reported that Wingate, a Circuit Court Judge from Franklin, Kentucky, specified the details for the sample’s transfer from the Kentucky Horse […]

Bob Baffert filed suit against the New York Racing Association Monday, claiming the organization had no legal jurisdiction to suspend him. (Image: Charlie Riedel/AP File Photo)

Baffert Continues Legal Offensive, Sues NYRA Over Suspension

Remaining on the legal offensive, even as he keeps a low profile, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert filed a lawsuit against the New York Racing Association Monday. The suit claims Baffert’s right to due process was violated when the organization suspended him. The Thoroughbred Daily News first reported that […]

Medina Spirit trainer Bob Baffert (left) and owner Amr Zedan flank jockey John Velazquez as they hoist the Kentucky Derby trophy. Baffert and Zedan filed suit Tuesday to protect Medina Spirit's Derby victory. (Image: AP Photo)

Baffert, Zedan File Suit Seeking Extra Testing for Medina Spirit

Bob Baffert and Amr Zedan, the trainer and owner of Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit, went on the legal offensive Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The suit, filed in Franklin Circuit Court in Kentucky, claims the KHRC’s ban on betamethasone applies only to injections and […]

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert doubles as the face of his sport. His face won't be around Churchill Downs the next two years after that track suspended him for two years. (Image: AP Photo)

Churchill Downs Drops Two-Year Suspension on Bob Baffert

In the wake of Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit’s split sample testing positive for the prohibited anti-inflammatory betamethasone, Churchill Downs suspended trainer Bob Baffert for two years, effective immediately. The ruling prohibits the Hall of Fame trainer from entering horses for races or occupying stall space at Churchill Downs, and […]

Steven and Alex Cohen used their Twitter accounts to interact with fans. The Mets owners, however, shut down his account after receiving threats in the wake of the GameStop saga. (Image: @MrMet)

How Sports Got Tangled Up in the GameStop Stock Wars

By now, most people have heard about the recent battle over a videogame retailer’s stock. But, few understand how the GameStop stock saga impacted sports and gaming. An MLB owner, a casino company — and even the Super Bowl — all became part of the drama. It all started with […]

English horse owner-trainer David Evans is under fire for giving one of his horses a racist name. (Image: Getty)

BHA Reviewing How Horse with Racist Name Got Into Wolverhampton Starting Gate

British racing’s ruling body vowed to reexamine its review process for accepting racehorse names after a horse with a racist name slipped through the process and ran at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. Somehow, the British Horseracing Authority missed vetting a horse named Jungle Bunny. Going off at 50/1 in the […]

Indiana Sports Gambling Sets Another Record in November

Indiana Sports Gambling Sets Another Record in November

Online sports wagers helped Indiana break the quarter-billion-dollar barrier in November as potentially shady casino execs are keeping the state’s gaming commission on its toes. The $251 million total handle is up almost 9% from October’s $231 million, capping off a record-setting fall of betting in the Hoosier State, according […]

Rising Political Star Arrested for Taking Bribes to Bring Sports Betting to Cincy

Rising Political Star Arrested for Taking Bribes to Bring Sports Betting to Cincy

Federal authorities arrested Cincinnati mayoral frontrunner PG Sittenfeld last Thursday for allegedly accepting $40,000 in bribes in exchange for bringing an exclusive sports betting deal to his hometown, court documents say. If convicted, prosecutors say Sittenfeld, 36, faces up to 20 years in prison. FBI Tapped Former Bengals Safety in […]

Pete Rose says he still bets on baseball to this day, though he now does so legally at casinos. (Image: Ron Vesely/MLB/Getty)

Pete Rose Admits He Still Bets on Baseball, 31 Years After MLB Ban

Former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose is still seeking reinstatement from Major League Baseball, which banned him from the sport in 1989 for betting on games in which he played and managed. Now, Rose says he still enjoys betting on baseball, though the circumstances of those wagers have […]

Indicted trainer Jason Servis, seen here sweating out the steward's inquiry in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, now faces a charge of wire fraud along with his horse doping charges. (Image: Lexington Herald Leader)

New Indictments Handed Down in Servis-Navarro Horse Doping Case

Federal prosecutors handed down superseding indictments Tuesday in the alleged horse doping scandal involving trainers Jason Servis, Jorge Navarro, and 12 other defendants. The new indictments tack on a charge of wire fraud to Servis and veterinarians Alexander Chan and Kristian Rhein. All three pleaded not guilty to the new […]

Dwayne Haskins has been named the starting quarterback for Washington, but in an unusual NFL prop bet gamblers can bet on whether he gets benched this season. (Image: AP)

Unusual NFL Prop Bets: How Many Players Get Arrested?

NFL proposition bets are always big business for sportsbooks, but while traditional props are often popular, there are enough unusual wagers to keep even the most die-hard fan busy. Sportsbooks are offering everything from how many interceptions Cam Newton will throw this season to who will be the first player […]

Maximum Security (7) 
edged Midnight Bisou to win February's inaugural Saudi Cup. Only Midnight Bisou, however, received her purse winnings this week as Saudi officials investigate Maximum Security's former trainer. (Image: Edward Whitaker)

Saudi Cup Purse Money Released to All but Maximum Security

Nearly four months from its initial announcement to withhold Saudi Cup purse money, the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia announced it will award prize money to the horses finishing second through 10th. That conspicuously excludes race winner Maximum Security. The JCSA said it will withhold prize money from Maximum Security […]

UFC fighter Mike Perry was caught on tape punching an elderly man at a restaurant in Texas on Tuesday. (Image: Esther Lin, MMA Fighting)

UFC fighter Mike Perry Caught on Video Punching Man in Restaurant (VIDEO)

UFC welterweight fighter Mike Perry was involved in a videotaped physical altercation on Tuesday at a Lubbock, Texas, restaurant. In the video, which was posted on Wednesday, Perry is asked to leave Table 82 restaurant. He’s heard yelling racial slurs and arguing with his girlfriend, who attempted to get him […]

Maximum Security's hasn't raced since winning the $20 million Saudi Cup in late February. The 4-year-old standout colt returns to action July 18 at Del Marl. (Image: Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia)

Maximum Security Returns to Racing at Del Mar’s San Diego Handicap

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert answered the question racing fans asked throughout the spring when he announced Maximum Security returns to action July 18 at Del Mar. Baffert told the Daily Racing Form 2019’s Champion 3-year-old male will run the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap. The 1 1/16-mile race […]

Washington Redskins wide receiver Cody Latimer was one of four NFL players arrested on Saturday for different incidents. (Image: Douglas County)

Four NFL Players Arrested Saturday, Face Suspension, Salary Loss

Four NFL players were arrested on Saturday, and are facing misdemeanor or felony charges ranging from armed robbery, assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Washington Redskins wide receiver Cody Latimer, Seattle Seahawk cornerback Quinton Dunbar, New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker, and Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver were […]