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Churchill Downs Has Pronounced That America's Biggest Race Is Bigger Than Its Biggest Trainer

“YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature. And YOU will atone.” —Arthur Jensen in Network

Jensen’s character in the Oscar-winning 1976 movie was vividly played by Louisville native Ned Beatty, and let’s just say that Churchill Downs Incorporated channeled its homeboy’s famous on-screen screed when it addressed thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert on Wednesday.

Baffert has meddled with the primal force that is the Kentucky Derby. And he will atone.

Churchill’s two-year suspension of Baffert was its own thunderous pronouncement that the U.S.’s biggest race is bigger than the U.