Latest Bob Baffert News

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...

McKinzie gives Baffert 1st win in $1M Whitney at Saratoga

Aug. 3, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — McKinzie won the $1 million Whitney by 1 3/4 lengths at Saratoga on Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his first victory in the Grade 1 race. It was Baffert's second starter in the race and first since 2004. McKinzie earned an automatic berth to the $6 million...

3rd horse fatality occurs at Del Mar during training

Jul. 31, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A third horse has died during training at Del Mar, including the second trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. A track spokesman confirmed the death of Bowl of Soul, a 3-year-old filly trained by Baffert. She broke down Monday after an injury to her right hind fetlock and was...

Maximum Security wins Haskell, survives inquiry

Jul. 21, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Not again. That was the reaction of owner Gary West when the inquiry sign flashed after Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Saturday evening at hot and steamy Monmouth Park. Unlike in the Kentucky Derby, the stewards let the result...

Maximum Security could face maximum sizzle in Haskell

Jul. 19, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security is going to have to share top billing in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park with an unexpected foe — broiling heat. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Monmouth County through Sunday night, adding a...

2 horses killed at Del Mar in collision during training

Jul. 18, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Two horses were killed in a freak collision at Del Mar during training on the second day of its season. The accident occurred Thursday morning when Charge A Bunch, trained by Carla Gaines, threw rider Geovanni Franco, turned sharply and collided with Carson Valley, who was trained by...

Maximum Security leads field of 7 in Haskell Invitational

Jul. 17, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security will make his second start since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby, taking on six rivals in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The Jason Servis-trained colt drew the outside No. 7 post Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile race. Luis Saez...

Breeders' Cup stays at Santa Anita this fall despite deaths

Jun. 27, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Breeders' Cup will remain at Santa Anita this fall after 30 horses died during the Southern California track's recent meet. The board of directors unanimously decided to keep the two-day world championships at the Arcadia track for a record 10th time on Nov. 1-2. The board announced...

Santa Anita season ends after 30 horse deaths, trainer ban

Jun. 24, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita's troubled racing season has come to a close after the deaths of 30 horses at the Southern California track rattled the industry and led to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer being banned when four of his horses were among the casualties. There were no incidents...