Trainer Bob Baffert responded to recent media attention regarding an unusually high number of cardiac arrest-related deaths in his barn with a statement via Eric Rose, a partner in the public relations firm of Englander, Knabe and Allen on Friday. Seven Baffert trainees have died unexpectedly since November 2011 of causes related to cardiac, respiratory, or vascular issues.
The statement reads as follows:
“The safety of my horses has been and always will be the most important thing to me. The mysterious deaths are personally troubling and of great sadness to me, my family and the owners of the horses. My heart goes out to the horses' owners.
“I am working with everyone, including the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), my veterinarians and staff at the tracks to find causes for the unexplained deaths. California Horse Racing Board's Bo Derek and the state's equine medical director, Dr. Rick Arthur have made it clear that nothing I have done has caused any horse I have trained to suffer equine sudden death syndrome. My professional focus will continue to be to provide the best care for my horses, with constant concern for their well-being.
“I hope that research by CHRB and its pathologists will discover information helpful to understanding the reasons that I, and many of my colleagues, have had horses suffer this unfortunate fate.”
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