CA Trainer Directory
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Often notable, always quotable trainer won Eclipse Awards as nation’s top handler of horses in 1997, 1998 and 1999 … In 2000, he missed out to Bobby Frankel in Eclipse voting despite again leading all trainers in the category of earnings with $11,831,605 by virtue of 146 victories, including 22 in graded stakes, six in Grade I competition … In 1999, he led all trainers in earnings with a haul of $16,934,607 while registering 20 Grade I stakes victories … In 2001 his $16,354,996 in purse money was best of all trainers yet again … His $7,627,913 in 2004 was fifth to Todd Pletcher … Became first conditioner in history to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness back-to-back in 1998 when his $17,000 yearling purchase Real Quiet took the first two legs of the Triple Crown, emulating the heroics of Silver Charm in 1997 … Baffert came up just short in his quest for the Triple Crown and its $5-million bonus in the Belmont Stakes both years, Silver Charm failing by three-quarters of a length to Touch Gold and Real Quiet by a desperate nose to Victory Gallop … Silver Charm was subsequently named 3-year-old champion and affirmed his quality the following year by shipping halfway around the world to capture the $4-million Dubai World Cup … He retired with earnings of $6,944,369, the seventh-best ever for a runner in North America, and was inducted into Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2007 … Real Quiet was also named 3-year-old champion … In 2002, he once more rang up victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with War Emblem, a near-black colt he advised his chief client — The Thoroughbred Corp. — to buy for $900,000 … But for the third time the trainer had to suffer through a heartbreaking Belmont defeat when War Emblem stumbled badly at the start and virtually lost all chance, finishing eighth to Sarava … Trainer just missed winning his first Kentucky Derby in 1996 when his Cavonnier was nipped by a nose at the wire by Grindstone … In 2001 he campaigned the strapping colt Point Given for The Thoroughbred Corp., winning the Preakness, Belmont and three other Grade I’s with him en route to honors as Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt … Baffert also saddled Captain Steve for a tally in the $6-million Dubai World Cup in 2001 and saw that colt finish his career with earnings of $6,828,356, eighth highest of all time … Trainer won a record 13 stakes during the 2000 Del Mar stand … His streak of seven consecutive Del Mar training titles ended in 2004 when he finished third behind Doug O’Neill and Jeff Mullins … In 2005, he was edged by Mullins, 23-22 … In 1999, he engineered an unprecedented five-for-five sweep of the track’s Grade I races … One of those victories was in the $1-million Pacific Classic with the 3-year-old General Challenge … Has won 77 stakes all told locally, taking over the top spot on Del Mar’s all-time list from the late Charlie Whittingham … Has trained seven champions – Chilukki, Point Given, Real Quiet, Silverbulletday, Silver Charm, Vindication and War Emblem … Until 2003, Baffert had a stranglehold on local 2-year-old ranks, including seven straight Futurities (Silver Charm, Souvenir Copy, Worldly Manner, Forest Camp, Flame Thrower, Officer and Icecoldbeeratreds) … In the 2004 Futurity, his Roman Ruler, the 1-10 favorite, was beaten a neck by Declan’s Moon, who went on to win an Eclipse Award as the year’s outstanding juvenile colt … Began career as trainer of Quarter Horses … One, Gold Coast Express, was world champion in 1986 … Had much early success with sprinters, including 1992 Breeders’ Cup champ Thirty Slews, who was his first auction buy, having been purchased for $30,000 at the 1988 Keeneland September Yearling Sale … Attended University of Arizona and was one of the first graduates of that school’s Race Track Industry Program in 1977 … Grew up on the family’s cattle ranch in Nogales, Arizona … His ever expanding list of stakes winners includes Joe Who, River Keen, Tuzla, Excellent Meeting, Commitisize, Isitingood, Habibti, Indian Charlie, Hookedonthefeelin, Exploit, El Corredor, Kafwain, Composure, Santa Catarina, Congaree, Wimbledon, Preachinatthebar, Yearly Report, Sabiango, Senor Swinger, Roman Ruler, During, Friendly Michelle, Da Stoops, Pussycat Doll, Behaving Badly, Point Determined, Bob and John, Midnight Lute, EZ Warrior, Downthedustyroad, Wanna Runner, Too Much Bling, Woke Up Dreamin, Sinister Minister, Point Ashley and Tough Tiz’s Sis … Ranked sixth nationally in 2006 with earnings of $8,136,567 to move into fourth place on the all-time top 10 trainers’ list with more than $120 million and has more than 1,600 winners … Family: wife, Jill; one daughter, four sons.
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