Syringe-Wielding ‘Bob Baffert’ to Crash Induction Ceremony

For Immediate Release:
August 4, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – On Friday, a PETA supporter dressed as Bob Baffert and carrying a large syringe will descend with his entourage on the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame induction ceremony to highlight PETA’s demand that Baffert—who has had at least 30 medication violations in his career and is facing the possible disqualification of Medina Spirit from this year’s Kentucky Derby—be removed from the racing Hall of Fame. PETA notes that American Pharoah, who is being inducted, was trained by Baffert and was struck with a whip more than 30 times during his Kentucky Derby win in 2015.

When:    Friday, August 6, 9–11 a.m.

Where:    Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion, 153 George St. (at the intersection with East Avenue), Saratoga Springs

“Someone who drugs horses to win should be out on their ear or racing will take another hit,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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