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Embattled Baffert Earns Record-Tying 8th Gold Cup Victory

Associated Press

Country Grammer edged Royal Ship by a head to win the $300,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, giving embattled trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying eighth victory in the Grade 1 race at Santa Anita. Baffert on Monday tied fellow Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham, who won his eighth and last Gold Cup with Ferdinand in 1987.

Baffert trained Medina Spirit to a victory in the Kentucky Derby on May 1 before he said the colt tested positive for an excessive amount of a steroid. Kentucky officials are awaiting split-sample test results to decide if Medina Spirit will be disqualified.