Latest Bob Baffert News

In surprising move, Baffert takes jockey Smith off McKinzie

Oct. 3, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Trainer Bob Baffert is replacing fellow Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard McKinzie, the probable favorite for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic next month. Smith finished second aboard odds-on favorite McKinzie in last weekend’s Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita....

32nd horse dies at Santa Anita after catastrophic injury

Sep. 28, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old colt sustained a catastrophic injury in the eighth race at Santa Anita and was euthanized Saturday, the 32nd horse to die at the track since December. Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez was tossed off in the incident on the second day of the fall meet...

Horse grazes 2 people on track at Santa Anita fall opener

Sep. 28, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse dumped its jockey and knocked down two photographers standing near the rail as racing returned to Santa Anita with the opening of its fall meet Friday amid intense scrutiny after the deaths of 31 horses at the historic track earlier in the year. It was the lone incident...

John Velazquez sets graded stakes record at Santa Anita

Sep. 28, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Jockey John Velazquez set a record with his 661st career graded stakes victory in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, and added his 662nd three races later. He won the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes aboard Bast at Santa Anita, snapping a tie with fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey. It's the...

31-1 shot Math Wizard solves $1 million Pennsylvania Derby

Sep. 21, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Math Wizard won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at 31-1 odds on Saturday, edging Mr. Money by a neck in a race missing disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Math Wizard ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.94 at Parx Racing. "I was screaming so loud I lost...

Baffert: Justify's positive test came from contaminated food

Sep. 12, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year's Kentucky Derby and blamed the result on contaminated food. Baffert said Thursday that he "unequivocally" rejects the implication he'd give Justify or any other...

Report: Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown run

Sep. 11, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby. The newspaper reported Wednesday that Bob Baffert-trained Justify tested positive for the drug scopolamine after...

Upset city: 9-1 shot Higher Power wins $1M Pacific Classic

Aug. 17, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — With his top two horses elsewhere, John Sadler took a chance with a couple others in his barn. Higher Power paid off. The 4-year-old colt took command turning into the stretch and won the $1 million Pacific Classic by 5 1/4 lengths at Del Mar on Saturday, making Sadler the first...