Bob Baffert is widely recognized as one of the most successful trainers in the history of horse racing. The middle of seven children, Bob grew up on a cattle and chicken ranch in Nogales, AZ. Initially Quarter Horse trainer in AZ and CA, switched to Thoroughbreds at Santa Anita, 1991.
First trainer ever to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness back-to-back with Silver Charm, 1997, and Real Quiet, 1998. Classic wins: Point Given, 2001 Preakness and Belmont Stakes, War Emblem wins of Kentucky Derby and Preakness, 2002. Triple Crown winner in 2015 with American Pharoah, plus the Haskell Invitational and Breeders Cup Classic, becoming racing’s first Grand Slam winner. The 13th Triple Crown winner in history with Justify in 2018.
Bob’s résumé consists of 15 Triple Crown races (five Kentucky Derby wins, three Kentucky Oaks); 15 Breeders’ Cup races (three consecutive Breeders Cup Classic wins, three Dubai World Cups, and two Pegasus Stakes wins). Trained world’s richest racehorse, Arrogate, with earnings of $17.42 million. Four-time Eclipse Award Outstanding Trainer; 2009 inductee Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame; Arizona Sports Hall of Fame; Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame; Arizona Hispanic Alumni Portraits of Excellence Honoree; 2015 March of Dimes Sportsman of the Year; 2018 Distinguished 4-H Alumni Medallion.
Bob and his wife, Jill, live in Los Angeles. Has five children, loves hanging out with them at the races or relaxing at home. He’s an avid music fan; plays guitar in spare time.