Bob Baffert is the most renowned and successful American horse trainer who trained two Triple Crown winners, Pharoah and Justify, in 2015 and 2018 respectively. His horses are continuously award winning.
As of 2024, Bob Baffert's net worth is estimated to be $35 million.
|Robert A. Baffert
|Source(s) of Fame
|Date of Birth
|January 13, 1953
|Place of Birth
|Nogales, Arizona, United States
|Married, Jill Baffert, Since 2012
Robert A. Baffert was born on January 13, 1952, in Nogales, Arizona, United States. He grew up in a farmhouse where his parents used to keep cattle and chickens. From his childhood, he had been practicing racing with the horses. Soon, he started working as a Jockey for horses around his hometown for local races. He was receiving $100 per day as a Jockey when he was a teenager. It is evident from his childhood why and how he became a horse trainer later in life. As far as his education is concerned, he went to the University of Arizona to study animal sciences. He was a part of the Race Track Industry Program of that university as well. He graduated from his university with a BS degree successfully.
Bob Baffert had a passion for horse training since his childhood. Since he had been practicing horse racing on his father’s farm, he continued doing so, and soon he got the legalized tracks when he was just 17. He got married later and started training horses at a farm in his hometown. By the age of 20, people started recognizing him as a horse trainer. When he shifted to California in the 1980s, he started training racehorses there for the Los Alamitos Race Course. In 1988, he bought his first racehorse Thirsty Slews. He tried his level best to train his horse who won his first Breeder’s Cup race in 1992. It was the fourth time when Bob became the top trainer in the U.S. He continued achieving milestones by stepping into American classic races. He trained a 3-year-old racehorse for the race and he got the second position in the Kentucky Derby. Even in Derby in Louisville, two of his trained horses won the race. He was the first horse trainer who won the Derby and Preakness consecutively. In 2012, he trained a horse, Bodemeister, whom he named after his son Bode. He also trained other racehorses, like Dortmund, American Pharoah, and a lot more. He gained the trust of so many high-profile clients, like John C. Mabee, Bob Lewis, and Robert and Janice McNair by catering to their needs. He also worked with different horse owners like Kaleem Shah and made him win the Breeder’s Cup Classic.
Bob Baffert got married twice in his life. His first wife was Sherry with whom he had four children Tylor, Forest, Canyon, and Savannah. The couple decided to split in 1999. Later, Bob got married to Jill who was a TV reporter from Louisville. She also worked as a waitress in a Café located in California. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University but continued working as a waitress for a while even after that. In 1988, Bob met Jill when she was presenting a morning show to cover the Kentucky Derby. She has declared that she didn’t have any interest in horse racing by the time she met Bob. Both had their first child, Bode, with Jill in 2004. He lived with his family in California. Bod had a heart attack in 2012 during a race at Meydan. He had to go through surgery as well to survive.
Bob Baffert isn’t a fan of social media. He belongs to the era when fame wasn’t dependent on social media platforms. We can hardly see him on any social media platform except Twitter where he has shared only 5 tweets so far. All of the tweets are related to the journey and achievements of his horse training career. However, his fans want to see more of him to get updates about his life.
Bob Baffert is a renowned horse trainer who has been practicing racing since his childhood. He has exceptional skills which help him train horses. He has trained a lot of racehorses who emerged victorious in multiple international races.