Bob Baffert: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Trainer Bob Baffert has 2 top horses in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. (YouTube)

Trainer Bob Baffert has 2 top horses in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. (YouTube)

Bob Baffert is a Hall of Famer with over 2,000 career wins as a trainer on his resume.

But on June 6 in the Belmont Stakes, the 62-year-old, who is the owner Bob Baffert Racing Stables, made history, becoming the first trainer win the Triple Crown since 1978.

American Pharoah was the horse to accomplish the feat, taking the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont in 2015.

Baffert now has 12 Triple Crown race wins.

Growing up on his family’s 240-acre cattle ranch near the Mexico border in Arizona as one of 7 children, horses were in Bob’s blood – his father Bill was a cattle rancher and Quarter Horse breeder.

He’s been training for all of his adult life and has led famous horses Point Given, Real Quiet, Silver Charm and War Emblem to major victories. It’s helped him amass a net worth of $5 million, though that hasn’t been confirmed.

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Here’s what you need to know about Baffert:


1. Baffert’s American Pharoah Was the Favorite In All 3 Triple Crown Races


2015 Arkansas DerbyZayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah continued his tour-de-force of the Oaklawn Park 3-year-old prep series April 11, blowing away seven rivals in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) with an impressive eight-length score. Shifting from his usual frontrunning tactics, the Pioneerof the Nile runner tracked just off the pace set by longshot Bridget's Big…2015-04-11T23:29:48.000Z

Baffert’s American Pharoah (10/13) was the favorite for the Belmont, set for Saturday, May 16.

The horse was also the Kentucky Derby and Preakness favorite.

American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, had 5/7 odds.

Baffert hadn’t won at Churchill Downs (the Derby) since 2002, when War Emblem crossed the finish line first.



2. Baffert Has 12 Triple Crown Wins


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Baffert hadn’t won the Kentucky Derby since 2002. His horses have won the Derby 4 times, the Preakness Stakes 6 times and at Belmont twice now.

Kentucky Derby: 1997, 1998, 2002, 2015
Preakness Stakes: 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2015
Belmont: 2001, 2015

Baffert ended a Triple Crown victory drought that started in 2010.

His horses have finished in the money 19 times – Kentucky Derby (8), Preakness (7) and Belmont (4).

Baffert also has 8 Breeders’ Cup victories.



3. He Is in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame


In Perspective: Bob BaffertRobert A. "Bob" Baffert (born January 13, 1953 in Nogales, Arizona) is an American horse owner and trainer, whose horses have won three Kentucky Derbies, five Preakness Stakes, one Belmont Stakes and two Kentucky Oaks. Bob survived a heart attack in late March 2012 while in Dubai for a world-class race at Meydan.2013-06-17T14:02:58.000Z

Baffert won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and also took home the Big Sport of Turfdom Award in ’97.

Baffert was the top earning trainer for 4 consecutive years from 1998-2001.

All of his accomplishments were recognized when he was inducted into the Thoroughbred racing’s national Hall of Fame at Saratoga, New York, in 2009.

He recorded his first win as a trainer with Baffert’s Baron at Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1971.



3. He Began His Career as a Jockey


Bob Baffert talks American Pharoah – Rebel Stakes bound? | Feb. 27, 2015Bob Baffert talks about his champion 2-year-old American Pharoah's work this morning at Santa Anita.. The silver hair wizard talked about the work and how he's progressing just 15 days from making his 2105 debut. Want to bet horse racing from home? Wager legally with TVG.com. Watch horse racing 7-days a week on TVG (Dish…2015-02-28T00:11:12.000Z

Baffert began his career as a jockey.

In 1970 as a teen, he rode first winner in a sanctioned race at Flagstaff in Arizona.

But as Baffert got older, he began to add weight and couldn’t ride anymore. The typical jockey weighs under 110 pounds generally.

He then turned his full attention to training.



5. Baffert Is Married With 5 Children


Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher Seek Kentucky Derby GloryNESN.com's Ashley Allen shares Kentucky Derby reporter Igor Guryashkin's take on the rivalry between legendary trainers Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher. Produced by Andrew Oak2015-04-27T22:57:52.000Z

Baffert has 5 children – 4 from his first marriage: Taylor, Canyon, Forest and Savannah.

In 2002, he married to Jill, who was a television reporter in Kentucky. The couple had a son in 2004 they named Bode, after U.S. skier Bode Miller. The family lives in California.

Baffert survived a heart attack in March 2012 while in Dubai for a race.


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