University of Arizona graduate and Nogales native Bob Baffert has trained 17 horses that have finished in the money in the Triple Crown races — nine that have placed first.
Baffert’s Medina Spirit won the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, almost eight months after Authentic placed first for Baffert in the Derby. Baffert now has seven Derby wins, becoming the winningest trainer in the history of the race.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez notched his fourth win at the Run of the Roses.
Baffert’s Kentucky Derby winners: Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002), American Pharoah (2015), Justify (2018), Authentic (2020) and Medina Spirit (2021).
Bob Baffert's Triple Crown In-The-Money FinishesArizona grad Bob Baffert's horses that finished in the top three in the Triple Crown races (*denotes Triple Crown winner):
|Kentucky Derby||Preakness Stakes||Belmont Stakes|
|1996||Cavonnier||2nd||1997||Silver Charm||1st||1997||Silver Charm||2nd|
|1997||Silver Charm||1st||1998||Real Quiet||1st||1998||Real Quiet||2nd|
|1998||Real Quiet||1st||2001||Point Given||1st||2001||Point Given||1st|
|2001||Congaree||3rd||2002||War Emblem||1st||2015||American Pharoah||1st*|
|2002||War Emblem||1st||2010||Lookin At Lucky||1st||2018||Justify||1st*|
|2009||Pioneer of The Nile||2nd||2012||Bodemeister||2nd|
Medina Spirit entered the Derby with the sixth best odds at 12-1, winning over second-place Mandaloun, third-place Hot Rod Charlie and Derby favorite Essential Quality at fourth.
The Preakness Stakes, the second race in the Triple Crown, is scheduled for May 15 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
The following is a list of his winners with the year and the races the horses won (including Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify):
1997 — Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes
1998 — Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes
2001 — Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes
2002 — Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes
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2010 — Preakness Stakes
2015 — Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes
2018 — Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes
2020 — Kentucky Derby
2021 — Kentucky Derby
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