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Bob Baffert

Bob Baffert
Bob Baffert at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California.
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Nogales, Arizona, U.S.
Birth date 13, 1953 (1953-01-13) (age 63)
Career wins 1850+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Kentucky Derby (1997, 1998, 2002)
Preakness Stakes (1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2010)
Belmont Stakes (2001)
Breeders' Cup Sprint (1992, 2007, 2008)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (1998, 2007)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2002, 2008)

International race wins:
Dubai World Cup (1998, 2001)
Racing awards
Big Sport of Turfdom Award (1997)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer
(1997, 1998, 1999)
United States Champion Trainer by earnings
(1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
Lone Star Park Hall of Fame (2007)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (2009)
Significant horses
Captain Steve, Chilukki, Congaree, Indian Blessing, Lookin At Lucky, Midnight Lute, Midshipman Point Given
Real Quiet, Silverbulletday, Silver Charm
Thirty Slews, Vindication, War Emblem, Zensational

Bob Baffert (born January 13, 1953 in Nogales, Arizona) is an American horse owner and trainer. He graduated from the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Bob Baffert began his career in competitive horse racing as a trainer of American Quarter Horses. In 1991 he began devoting himself to conditioning Thoroughbreds for flat racing. From a base in California, he became the United States' leading money-winning trainer four times. He got his first big break in 1992 when he won his first Breeder's Cup race with Thirty Slews.

Bob Baffert won his first Kentucky Derby in 1997 with the striking gray colt Silver Charm. The horse also gave Baffert his first Preakness Stakes win, the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Baffert repeated winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes the next year with Real Quiet, becoming the only trainer in history to win the two races in back-to-back years. His next Kentucky Derby win came in 2002 with War Emblem, who also won the Preakness Stakes. He has one Belmont Stakes win with Point Given, who also won the Preakness Stakes in 2001. After eight years without a Classic victory, a colt named Lookin At Lucky broke the drought by winning the Preakness Stakes in 2010.

Between 1997 and 1999 he won the Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer three years running and was voted the 1997 Big Sport of Turfdom Award. Among his numerous accomplishments, Baffert has trained Thoroughbred horses that won nine American Classic Races, seven Breeders' Cup races, and two Dubai World Cups.

Inducted in Lone Star Park's Hall of Fame in 2007, on June 30th Bob Baffert became a member of the Board of Directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

On February 25, 2009 the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York announced that Bob was a finalist for induction in to the Hall of Fame as a trainer. [1] Ironically, also nominated in the category of Contemporary Male Horse is Point Given who won under Baffert's training the Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes, Haskell Invitational Handicap, Travers Stakes and ultimately the Eclipse Award for American Horse of the Year. (Point Given was elected and inducted into the Hall of Fame the following year.)

On April 19, 2009, Baffert was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame along side one of the best fillies he trained, Silverbulletday.

Selected other major stakes wins

  • Norfolk Stakes 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009



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