Bob is one of the rare people who made his love for horses into a lucrative business. He is not only a horse lover but he is also a very successful horse trainer and, on top of all that, he also owns a lot of horses. His horses have won numerous awards in competitions. Some of the victories of his horses include Kentucky Derbies, two Belmont Stakes, six Preakness and three Kentucky Oaks. Apart from this, American Pharaoh, his hose, has won Triple Crown.
We should also mention that he started humbly, like a jockey.
He was born on the 13th of January 1953 and his real name is Robert A. Baffert. His mother’s name is Ellie Baffert and his father’s name is Bill Baffert Sr. He was born in Nogales, Arizona, the USA. It is important to mention that he was raised on a family ranch and that this influenced him a lot to have a love for animals, especially for horses.
He can be considered a well-educated man since he has a BA in Science. He has enrolled at the University of Arizona and he was interested in the Race Track Industry. He did not only study about animals, but he was also very interested in learning about the management of race tracks.
As a young man, he fell in love with a girl called Sherry and they got married. Their love resulted in four children Taylor, Forest, Canyon, Savannah. After all this love and mutual children, the couple decided to separate. Not a very long time passed when Bob decided to get married again and he did this in 2002 with a woman named Jill, who used to work as a TV reporter. They have been married for two years when they got a son and named him Bode Baffert. The couple happily lives in California, the USA.
This year was very critical for him. Namely, he decided to go to Dubai so that he could participate in a contest there that was held in Meydan. However, he felt ill when he was there and he had a heart attack. Luckily, there were no serious consequences and he remained alive.
As we have already mentioned, he has always wanted to try himself as a jockey. This succeeded and he became a professional one. On the other hand, things have started to go wrong for him when he started to get fat and he could not continue to be a professional jockey. He was not able to be a professional jockey since his weight was no longer within the allowed limits, i.e. between 100 and 108 lbs.
When he realized that he cannot be a jockey any longer, he decided to become a horse trainer. He decided to go for American Quarter Horses. He has also made a decision to dedicate his work on the breed that was called Thoroughbreds and he started doing this in 1991. He decided to train these horses to participate in flat races.
The crucial point in his career happened when he won Breeder’s Cup with a horse that was called Thirty Slews. This was his first awards, and many more came in the following years.
His work as a trainer and great horse breeder was recognized in 2007 when he was included in the Hall of Fame of Lone Star Park. This was not his only nomination and award since he got another one in 2009 when he became a member of the Hall of Fame of the National Museum of Racing, which may be considered as one of his most important accomplishments.
We should also mention that he has won the Eclipse award twice as well as Big Sport of Turfdom Award once. His horses have been very good and very successful since they brought him a lot of winnings, such as American Classic Races, Pegasus World Cup, Del Mar Futurity and many more.
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Coolmore released a list of mares booked to Justify for his first year at stud and… wow! All I can say is wow. – Here’s some of the standouts from the list. I’ll post the picture of the whole list in my story. – Justify’s first book of mares (only some): Afleet Maggi – dam of Dream Tree African Jade – dam of Lord Nelson Bubbler – dam of Arrogate Champagne Room – Breeders’ Cup winner Dazzling Song – dam of Magnum Moon Found – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe & BC winner Groupie Doll – 4x G1 winner Harvey De Grace – 3x G1 winner and HOTY Mining My Own – dam of Mine That Bird & Dullahan Noted and Quoted – G1 winner Pretty 'N' Smart – dam of Cupid Sambuca Classica – dam of Classic Empire Storm Dixie – dam of Princess of Sylmar Untouched Talent – dam of Bodemeister Vale Dori – G1 winner Zipessa – G1 winner – Photography: AP Photo / Patrick Semansky #teambaffert #justify
Bob made some money when he was a jockey but his work as a horse trainer and breeding and selling horses really paid off. So, he is 12.5 million USD net worth in 2020.