Jockey Club gets OK to weigh in on Baffert/NYRA case

Jockey Club gets OK to weigh in on Baffert/NYRA case
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The Jockey Club has received permission to file an amicus brief to help the New York Racing Association's defense in a lawsuit filled by trainer Bob Baffert.

Judge Carol Bagley Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted the permission on Wednesday in response to a request from The Jockey Club.

NYRA suspended Baffert in May after he announced that Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone after winning the Kentucky Derby. Baffert then filed suit against NYRA in an attempt to end the suspension.

Attorney Susan Phillips Read said in her request that The Jockey Club's brief would be in opposition to Baffert's motion for a preliminary injunction and in support of NYRA's suspension of the trainer.

The Jockey Club "has access to information not necessarily available to the parties," Read wrote. "As a result, we believe that we are in a unique position to assemble material to assist the Court with issues of irreparable injury, balance of hardships and the public interest. The Jockey Club does not intend to duplicate the parties' legal argument."

According to the letter, NYRA's counsel had consented to the amicus brief submittal but Baffert's counsel had not.

Judge Amon said the brief must be filed by June 30 or it will not be considered.

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