Bob Baffert's Derby success
Most top American trainers strive to develop horses so that they deliver a peak performance in the Kentucky Derby, but Bob Baffert is unquestionably the contemporary master of the art. He made his first appearance at Churchill Downs in 1996 -- when he lost a heartbreaking photo finish with Cavonnier -- and he has saddled a total of 20 horses, winning with three and finishing second twice. His trio of winners -- Silver Charm, Real Quiet and War Emblem -- all came back to win the Preakness as well. Almost every Baffert starter in the Derby who was expected to run well has done so, except for Point Given, who disappointed as the favorite in 2001. Baffert saddles Midnight Interlude in Saturday's race, and a victory would put him in a tie for second on the list of the winningest Derby trainers, trailing only the legendary Ben Jones, who captured the race six times. Baffert's record:
|2005||Sort It Out||17th|
|Bob and John||17th|
|2009||Pioneer of the Nile||2nd|
|2010||Lookin at Lucky||6th|
By Andrew Beyer - The Washington Post. Published May 4, 2011.