Bettors file lawsuits against Bob Baffert after Medina Spirit tests positive for regulated drug

POSTED ON  |  08-06-2021

Two groups of bettors have filed class-action lawsuits against trainer Bob Baffert after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive for the regulated steroid betamethasone after the race. The lawsuits accuse Baffert of fraud, racketeering and negligence, according to the Louisville Courier Journal, and one of them is seeking his complete removal from the sport. The bettors want compensation for the wagers they lost after Medina Spirit’s win at Churchill Downs.
  • “We all think it’s a long shot,” said one of the plaintiffs, Justin Wunderler, via the Courier Journal. “But if we don’t [speak up] for the bettors, it’s just going to keep on going. Nothing will change in my opinion.”
Wunderler, along with three others, said they were deprived of payouts worth at least $54,000 from the race after Medina Spirit’s win was counted before the horse tested positive for the banned substance. A plaintiff in the second lawsuit, Anthony Mattera, said he and his partners were going to collect at least $1 million in winnings. It's unclear what bets specifically they had placed.

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