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Joe Drape doubled down on misinformation about Justify's drug test following the Santa Anita Derby

NEW YORK, N.Y.--Following his misleading story, filled with important omissions of critical facts, on a drug test on Triple Crown winner Justify, published on Sept. 12, Joe Drape received a letter from Bob Baffert's lawyer.

Bob Baffert with JustifyBob Baffert with JustifyBut, rather than publish the letter, Drape wrote a second article on Sept. 12, doubling down on the misinformation in the first article.

These articles couldn't come at a worse time for horse racing, already suffering from the deaths of horses at Santa Anita and dwindling fields in races.

The N.Y. Times has long been recognized as ignoring facts when they pertain to politics, but now the fake news has spread throughout the paper.

Unfortunately, due to Drape's (now destroyed) reputation as a top racing reporter, other newspapers, most recently USA Today, have picked up the misinformation.

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Baffert responds to The N.Y. Times' article concerning Justify's failing a drug test prior to the Derby that contained many misleading accusations

A front page article in the New York Times by Joe Drape on Thursday, Sept. 12, entitled "Justify Failed Drug Test Before Triple Crown Run" contained many misleading representations or omissions of fact, innuenda and distortions.

Justify Baffert Bob BELMONT18 SKA4486 PRINT Sarah AndrewJustify and Bob Baffert On Page 1, it said "Justify had failed a drug test weeks before the first race in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby. That meant Justify should not have run in the Derby if the sport's rules were followed."

In fact, it takes weeks and sometimes months to get test results back, and the California Racing Board only got the results back four days before the Derby, and when Baffert was notified, he requested that the second sample be tested, which is standard operation procedure.

The results of the second test were not received until after Justify had won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, both win clean test results.

So the sport's rules were followed.

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Paddy Neilson, top timber rider, died Sept. 5

UNIONVILLE, Pa.--Louis “Paddy” Neilson III, arguably the finest timber race rider ever to sit on a horse, died Thursday, Sept. 5 at the age of 77.

Paddy NeilsonPaddy NeilsonHis tremendous riding ability inspired a generation of riders to take up the sport, but Paddy was so much more than just a great rider.

He’s been an owner. He’s been a trainer. He’s been a rider. He’s been race director, course chair, meet booster.

His influence on the sport extended to organizing point-to-points and a recognized hunt meet and inspiring, right up to his death, another generation of youngsters watching his ability and grace over fences as MFH and whipper-in of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds.

Beyond that, Paddy was always there with a kind and/or encouraging word for any situation.

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Dr. Todd Addis, MFH, died July 24.

ELVERSON, Pa.--Dr. H.L. Todd Addis, VMD, 85, Master of his own Warwick Village Hounds, died at home on July 24

Todd Addis MFH VMDTodd Addis MFH VMDAddis, known as "Doc," died suddenly on July 24 at his home, Fox Hill in Elverson, surrounded by family. 

Doc was born in Norristown, Pa., and he began riding horses and foxhunting at the age of 6.

His foxhunting mentors were his father, Clarkson Addis Sr., who was also a veterinarian and huntsman, and Albert Crossan.

He was a graduate of Collegeville-Trappe High school, Ursinus College, and University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, class of '59.

Doc served in the Army Veterinary Corps '59-'61, stationed at Walter Reed Annex Forest Glenn where he treated dogs, cats and monkeys.

He was a small and large animal veterinarian and gifted surgeon for 30 years in Lancaster, Berks, and Chester Counties including many Amish and Mennonite communities.

Doc was the master and huntsman of Warwick Village Hounds and an advocate for the Penn-Marydel Hound, generously extending the Penn-Marydel bloodlines to many hunts.

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A fundraiser for Kevin Babington, who suffered catastrophic spinal cord injuries

Kevin Babington was catastrophically injured in a fall at the Hampton Classic on Friday, Aug, 30 and remains unable to move in a hospital.

Kevin BabingtonKevin Babington with his two daughtersKathy Gilbert is among a group of people who have started a fundraiser for the Babingtons, as Kevin is a professional horseman without the means to pay for the huge medical bills this injury is incurring.

"This fundraiser is for our dear friends Kevin and Dianna (Flaherty) Babington and their teen aged daughters Gweneth and Marielle," said Gilbert. "Kevin, an accomplished Olympic equestrian, was competing at The Hamptons Classic on Friday and was thrown from a horse suffering catastrophic spinal cord injuries and is now unable to move. As you can imagine, the medical bills and family needs are already enormous. Kevin had no disability insurance and the family has no financial ability to even meet their immediate needs such as needing to stay near the hospital to be close to Kevin, and paying basic monthly bills as Kevin was the sole breadwinner.

Got to GoFundMe.com, and put in Help Kevin Babington Heal to donate.

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  1. Equestriancoach.com celebrates its 10th anniversary
  2. Andrews Bridge Foxhounds litigation ended with a victory for Steve and Betsy Harris
  3. Letter to the Editor concerning SafeSport
  4. Two Letters to the Editor
  5. SafeSport found the great horseman George Morris guilty without a trial
  6. Dressage Olympian Michael Barisone charged with attempted murder
  7. NEWS FLASH - U.S. leads after Eventing dressage
  8. Dressage With the Experts line up for Dresssage at Devon
  9. Lucy Deslauriers named to Pan Am Jumping team, but as Endel Otis' Lucky Strike was injured the dressage team will only have three members
  10. Jenni Autry named Managing Director of Eventing
  11. Ashley Stout, 13, died July 11 following a riding accident
  12. Maj. Gen. Jonathan Burton died after an illustrious career in the army and eventing
  13. A new Jumper Classic series for 1.10m to 1.40m to debut in 2020
  14. Nations Cup team for Falsterbo includes Jessie Springsteen
  15. Jumping, dressage and driving teams announced for Aachen
  16. The dressage team for the Pan Am Games was announced
  17. Two of six awarded scholarships by the U.S. Pony Clubs are from the Delaware Valley
  18. Boyd Martin one of four named to the Pan Am Eventing team
  19. Fair Hill Hounds hosted author Rita Mae Brown, MFH
  20. A competitive dressage team announced for The Netherlands
  21. H.L. (Sandy) Schwartz III, founder and publisher of The Horse of Delaware Valley, died June 11
  22. Attendance at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair rose four percent
  23. Penn Med correctons to article entited Gene Doping addressed at PHBA Meeting
  24. North American Riders Group is back with a full agenda, new board members and the return of the NARG Top 25
  25. Gene doping addressed at PHBA Annual Meeting
  26. Blue Mountain Pony Club places in Fox Hunting Challenge
  27. The 2019 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Returns May 23 With Special Events Sure to Please the Entire Family
  28. Horse Power for Life Summer camp for cancer survivors
  29. Winterthur Races cancelled
  30. U.S. team for Mexico Nations Cup on May 5
  31. Winterthur races features the Winterthur Bowl Stakes
  32. Adele Paxson, side saddle competitor at Devon and thoroughbred breeder
  33. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Named Horse Show of the Year by National Show Hunter Hall of Fame
  34. Dolores A. Swann, Ashley Meadows Farm show manager, died Feb. 7
  35. World Cup qualifiers include Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J.
  36. Devon co-manager Peter Doubleday elected to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  37. Letter to the Editor 4
  38. Tequilita finished third in her final race before retiring to a life as a broodmare
  39. Sloane Coles elected to Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame
  40. Something for everyone at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
  41. Jane Simone, former Director of Development at New Bolton, died Dec. 30
  42. Tack Swap to benefit Pa Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation, and Rescue
  43. Letter to the Editor 3
  44. Letter to the Editor 2
  45. Laura Chapot is in a familiar spot, leading the Circuit Standings for Overall Jumper Rider at WEF
  46. Samuel McMichael's edits and comments on Andrews Bridge article
  47. Dispute continues despite Judge's ruling on Andrews Bridge Foxhounds
  48. All recognized steeplechase races will be steamed live starting this spring
  49. Exhibition honoring the late Phyllis Mills Wyeth
  50. Three Differences Between The American Grand National and English Counterpart
  51. Rosbrian Farm is Steeplechasing's Leading Owner, and Jack Fisher is Leading Trainer
  52. Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith, 86, died Dec. 8
  53. Phyllis Wyeth, 78, carriage driving enthusiast and thoroughbred breeder, died Jan. 14
  54. Ryan Keefe awarded $5,000 training grant for Eventing
  55. Jessie Allred, foxhunter and owner of a Md. Hunt Cup winner, died Jan. 2
  56. Clineschmidt, Glaccum and Sherman took the top three Action photos in the Photo Contest
  57. Ricky Hendriks has 2 in contention for Eclipse Awards, two Pa-breds also in contention
  58. Phillip Dutton and Olivia LaGoy Weltz are on Eventing & Dressage Elite lists
  59. Tobey McWilliams of Oley, Pa., elected as USHJA director at-large, four Delaware Valley residents named as Discipline Directors
  60. The Kentucky Three-Day Event Receives Five-Star Status from FEI
  61. New programs at The Horse and members of its staff
  62. Ralph Caristo presented with USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award
  63. The father of Emanuel Andrade, a fixture at the WEF, to be sentenced Nov. 27 for money laundering
  64. Entries now being accepted for The Horse's 23rd Annual Photo Contest
  65. Lee McKeever, McLain Ward's longtime groom, wins the 2018 FEI Best Groom Award
  66. Top N.J. trainer J. Willard Thompson died Nov. 6 at 83
  67. Bob Levy, a top thoroughbred racehorse owner, died Nov. 7
  68. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander's thoughts on improving the U.S. team
  69. New York trainer Rick Violette died Oct. 21 of lung cancer
  70. Russell Jones inducted into Parx Hall of Fame
  71. The 2019 Nations Cup qualifier for the Finals will be held at Palm Beach Masters
  72. Laura Graves and Verdades first ever Americans to top FEI Dressage World Rankings
  73. Devon's new parking lot, to be competed in a couple of years, will double the present lot size.
  74. The U.S. show jumping team earned Best of September honors, announced the U.S. Olympic Committee
  75. Kathee Rengert, executive director of the Pa. Hunt Cup, died Oct. 6
  76. U.S. teams outdo themselves in 5 of 6 disciplines competed at WEG
  77. Long time Zone 2 chef d'equpe ralph Caristo wins the Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
  78. Ronnie Houghton, jockey, trainer and breeder, dies at 79
  79. Amwell Valley Hounds on Sept. 29 has relocated to The Ridge
  80. Lynn Symansky 9th individually in Eventing, the U.S. team is eighth. Dressage Freestyle is cancelled
  81. Endurance competition cancelled at WEG, U.S. stands third halfway thru team Dressage
  82. Update to weather conditions at WEG
  83. World Equestrian Games are threatened by hurricane Florence
  84. Weg set to begin with Endurance, Dressage, Reining and Eventing scheduled for the first week
  85. Jimmy Fairclough, Misdee Miller and Chester Weber to compete in Driving at the WEG
  86. Leo Kuntz, founder of the Nokota Horse Conservancy, died
  87. The show jumping team for the WEG
  88. Pa-bred Unique Bella retired to be a broodmare after fracturing a sesamoid during a morning work on Aug. 18
  89. Renowned artist Peter Williams died Aug. 13
  90. Olympic team gold medal veteran Laura Kraut headlines U.S. show jumping team for Dublin
  91. Devon H.S. & Country Fair enjoyed a banner year
  92. U.S. Dressage team prepares for Aachen
  93. Youngsters from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to participate in the 2018 The National Steeplechase Foundation Domestic Young Rider Trip.
  94. Six Pony Club members received college scholarships
  95. Photo and story of Skeeter wins first in Pets & Pet Stories, Lucy and a "custom canine egress" second with the love getween the horse Thunder and the dog Mugsy third
  96. Jonathan Sheppard bred two Pa-bred champions and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award
  97. Kenny Kraus, longtime Devon announcer, died June 26
  98. William D. Teter died
  99. 24 Delaware Valley riders in the Joe Fargis clinic for the Emerging Athletes Program
  100. "The Mission", Bank Official Dreams Big, Risks All in New Novel by J. Willard Thompson

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