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Horseracing Hall of Famer Bob Baffert suspended in Arkansas after horses test positive for banned substance

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Hall of Fame horse trainer Bob Baffert was suspended by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance, according to TMZ.

The 67-year-old Baffert will miss 15 days after two of his horses tested positive for lidocaine, a numbing substance. Baffert claims the horses were exposed to lidocaine after another trainer used a lidocaine patch on his back and accidentally transferred the substance to the horses. The Arkansas Racing Commission did not accept that explanation.

Lidocaine is considered a Class 2 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, according to NBC Sports. The first offense punishment for using it results in a suspension that can last 15 to 60 days. The punishment also includes a fine of either $500 or $1,000.

As a result of the positives, the owners of the horses will have to give back prize money won by the horses in May. Both horses — Charlatan and Gamine — won events at the Arkansas Derby on May 2. Charlatan earned $300,000 as a result of the win.

Baffert’s suspension won’t begin until Aug. 1.

Bob Baffert horses.
Bob Baffert was suspended for 15 days after two horses tested positive for lidocaine. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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