Bob Baffert

American Pharoah Returns to Louisville’s Churchill Downs

Louisville, Ky., – With his date with racing history in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (Grade I) on the near horizon, Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness (GI) winner American Pharoah returned to Churchill Downs on Monday to prepare for the third jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. The Bob Baffert-trained son of Pioneerof the Nile stepped off a van around 2:30 p.m. (all times EDT) at the track that has been his training center since his arrival for the Kentucky Derby on April 27.  American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2 and…


Kentucky Derby Winner Warms Up in Louisville for Saturday’s Preakness

From www.preakness.com BALTIMORE, MD., – Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah and Kaleem Shah’s third-place Derby finisher Dortmund galloped 1 ½ miles on a mild Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs. “Those two looked good,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “American Pharoah, he is something to see out there. He just floats over the track. Dortmund looked like a happy horse out there today.” Going on the track after the harrow break, the two backtracked to the front side of the track. American Pharoah, with Jorge Alvarez up, began his exercise with Dortmund and Dana Barnes following less than a…


Baffert Duo of American Pharoah, Dortmund head full field of 20 plus 2 for Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky.,  – Zayat Stables’ champion 2-year-old of 2014 American Pharoah and Kaleem Shah’s undefeated Dortmund, both trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, headline a field 20 horses and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 141st running of the $2,203,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs. Post time for the Derby, the 11th of 13 races Saturday, is 6:34 p.m. (all times Eastern). Gates open Saturday at 8 a.m. with the first race scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-70s under sunny skies. The Kentucky Derby will be carried…


Dawn at the Downs Draws Crowds to See Contenders Close up in Louisville

A lively crowd of media and spectators gathered to watch Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks hopefuls go through their workouts on Wednesday morning. Among the trainers keeping a close eye on their Derby contenders were three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert (Dortmund, American Pharoah, ) and seven-time Eclipse Award Trainer of the Year Todd Pletcher (Carpe Diem, Materiality, Stanford, and Itsaknockout). Dawn at the Downs is an increasingly popular event for locals and out-of-towners, and the best chance to see and hear the horses, and their connections, up close. Of course, you have to get up early to go.  


Start Studying in Louisville KY – Names to Know Derby Week

You’re going to need to know something about horse racing to survive social outings around here the next week and a half or so. I recommend keeping up with videos like this one, produced by Churchill Downs and featuring Jill Byrne, that chronicle the road to the Derby for the horses and their connections. Names to know — American Pharaoh, Dortmund, Carpe Diem, International Star, Frosted, Itsaknockout.  And be aware that if you think you’re talking politics at your next cocktail party, Far Right, at least this week, is a horse, not a philosophy. Materiality is a horse, not a bad…


Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool — Baffert’s Barn Has Top Two Choices

From Churchill Downs… LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The powerful hand held by Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert heading into this year’s 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) is evident in the fact the two young stars from his stable – reigning 2014 2-year-old champion American Pharoah (#1) and unbeaten Dortmund (#7) – are the expected to be the top betting choices heading into this weekend’s fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”) 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”). Zayat Stables LLC’s homebred American Pharoah, a dazzling winner over a sloppy track…


‘All Others’ Narrowly Favored Over Baffert Duo of American Pharaoh, Dortmund in Churchill Downs’ third Kentucky Derby Future Pool

from Churchill Downs… LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, March 1, 2015) – Three days of brisk wagering in the third of four pools in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”) Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KOFW”) drew to a close Sunday evening with the Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Others”, as a 4-1 favorite, but three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s duo of American Pharoah (#1) and Dortmund (#6) were close behind the favorite in betting that reflected solid fan support for a wide-ranging group of contenders for the upcoming 141st “Run for the Roses.”   Wagering on KDFW Pool 3, which opened at noon…



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Plum Pretty! and Baffert’s Big Day

Plum Pretty won the Kentucky Oaks Friday, with Martin Garcia aboard, paying $14.60 to win for me and everyone who believed my pick yesterday. A few races earlier, Baffert-trained First Dude won the Alysheba Stakes race. Yea, I had that one, too. So I guess I have to include Midnight Interlude in my Derby picks tomorrow. The crowd at the Oaks was announced at 110,122, the third-largest in Oaks history.  It was especially crowded, yet subdued, in the Paddock.


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Reed: Derby Betting System No. 2 — Glamour Trainers

Here’s a second installment from Hall of Fame sportswriter Billy Reed on this year’s Kentucky Derby. Thanks to Louisville Catholic Sports.com Back in the days before television came to dominate everything to do with sports, including the Kentucky Derby, trainers generally were taciturn men who did not suffer fools, i.e. the media and other meddlers, gladly. Immortal horsemen such as Ben A. Jones of Calumet Farm, Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Max Hirsch, and John Gaver never had to endure a morning where they couldn’t stop for a cup of coffee without being surrounded by reporters armed with microphones and notepads. As…