Bob Baffert returns to Santa Anita Park after suspension expires

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"We were in a club [at the resort] and nobody knew who I was," Baffert said. "And then my picture comes on the television and people looked around and said, 'Is that you? Yeah, that's me.' "

He also attended some sales in Florida and spent his time before the suspension ended in Tennessee visiting his wife's family. He tied in a trip to Kentucky, where he thought an appeal hearing on Medina Spirit would be held. But it was postponed until Aug. 22.

"With the hearing postponed, we went and saw [Triple Crown winners] American Pharoah and Justify," Baffert said. "We went to Old Friends [retirement farm] and saw Silver Charm and Game on Dude. It was really nice. They do a fantastic job. We even saw Pharoah's mother."

He also visited the grave of Medina Spirit, where his wife placed a wreath of flowers.

Baffert probably will return to racing next week at Los Alamitos. He keeps about 40 horses at Santa Anita and another 45 or so at Los Alamitos, mostly younger horses. Then he'll move down to Del Mar for the summer meeting.


Baffert says he is looking forward, not backward.

"This game will make you bitter if you let it," he said. "You get beat, you take the loss and just move on. It's water under the bridge and you can't let it bother you. We fought the good fight, but we didn't win.

"We'll be back."

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