Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Trainer Snapshot: Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert

An introduction is hardly necessary for Bob Baffert. One of the most successful trainers in the history of horse racing, Baffert was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame on August 14, along with Silverbulletday, the champion filly he trained.

Baffert is a three-time winner of the Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer and has compiled seven Breeders’ Cup wins and eight victories in Triple Crown races. He has campaigned an astonishing roster of racing's superstars, including Eclipse Award champions Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Silverbulletday, Chilukki, Point Given, Vindication, War Emblem, Indian Blessing, and Midnight Lute.

The fourth of seven children, Baffert was born in Nogales, Arizona and grew up on his family’s cattle ranch. He got his start with horses at a very young age, grooming and galloping Quarter Horses owned by his father. After graduating from high school in 1971, he spent a year pursuing his dream of becoming a jockey, winning 30 races. He then attended the University of Arizona, graduating from the Racetrack Industry Program with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Bob Baffert, Hall of Fame Trainer
He began his training career with Quarter Horses and trained four Quarter Horse champions including Gold Coast Express. He made the transition to Thoroughbreds in the late 1980s, in large part due to the encouragement of owners Mike Pegram and Hal Earnhardt.

Baffert currently resides in Arcadia, Calif., along with his wife, Jill, a former news anchor at WLKY-32 in Louisville. He is the father of five children: Taylor, Canyon, Forest, Savannah and Bode.

In addition to his many accomplishments as a trainer, Baffert has done much to help the sport of racing. In 1997, he received the Mr. Fitz Award from the National Turf Writers Association, an award presented annually to an individual or group for typifying the spirit of racing. In 1998, he received the Big Sport of Turfdom Award from the Turf Publicists of America. This annual award goes to a person or group who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with the media and racing publicists.

In this special Trainer Snapshot video interview, Baffert talks about the emotional experience of receiving Hall of Fame honors and reflects on his life and career.


Anonymous said...

Bob is a great guy and a great trainer. His Hall of Fame honor is well deserved. Great video, Mary.

D.S. Williamson said...

Congratulations to Bob Baffert and his family on his induction into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. It's a good thing he stuck with his early love of horses over the objection of his mom. All's well that ends well. D.S. williamson

Ryan said...

Very insightful. Definitely one of the all time greats.

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