Written closing arguments from Seligman and Neil Papiano, Baffert's attorney, are being reviewed by stewards Ingrid Fermin, Dave Samuel, and Tom Ward. It is unknown when the stewards will issue a final ruling. They could issue a suspension, fine, or both.Papiano said the case should have been dismissed."The whole thing is strange," he said. "They found too little of something in the urine to accurately measure it, so they guessed at the amount. Then they won't confirm what it is they found because they threw the blood sample away. They said they threw it away because the blood was too expensive to test, but it costs them nothing to store it until the urine tests are completed."Officials with Truesdail Laboratories, the CHRB's primary testing lab, testified during the eight-day hearing at Santa Anita Park in April that Nautical Look's blood sample was among a large number of samples randomly thrown out as a cost-saving measure last year.If the blood had been tested, Papiano said, he is confident the morphine would have been considered a contamination. The amount of morphine reportedly in the urine sample was less than would be found if the horse ingested one seed from a poppy seed bagel, he said.
"What they found is the amount equal to one grain of sugar divided 5,000 times, if you could do that," Papiano said.
Seligman couldn't be reached for comment.
Baffert said the case is a joke."We showed how it could have happened by contamination," he said. "I don't bother myself with the case. I've just turned it over to Neil."