Latest Bob Baffert News

Vale Dori scores upset win for Baffert in Zenyatta Stakes

Sep. 30, 2018 7:58 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Vale Dori defeated La Force by three-quarters of a length to win the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes in an upset at Santa Anita on Sunday. Abel Tasman, the 1-9 favorite trained by Bob Baffert, finished next-to-last, beaten 10 1/2 lengths. Vale Dori, an 11-1 shot also trained by Baffert, ran...

Accelerate beats West Coast to win Awesome Again

Sep. 29, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Accelerate got feisty in the starting gate, went wide on the first turn, and waited for his rival before kicking into gear. Then he showed he's ready for the Breeders' Cup Classic. Accelerate outdueled West Coast to win the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths at Santa...

McKinzie wins $1M Pa Derby off 6-month break for Baffert

Sep. 22, 2018 8:28 PM EDT

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — McKinzie returned from a six-month layoff to win the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by 1 3/4 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Ridden by Mike Smith, McKinzie ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.05 on Saturday at Parx. The colt paid $6 to win as the 2-1 favorite. It was the second...

Longtime Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher dies at 62

Aug. 27, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — John Asher's devotion to the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs and horse racing were obvious anytime he was asked about those subjects, often weaving them together in entertaining tales. Asher, the longtime Churchill Downs spokesman and executive known for his love of horse racing and...

Chad Brown, on home track, has 2 favorites for Travers

Aug. 24, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Chad Brown's roots run deep at the Travers Stakes. "It's the biggest race for me. It's my home track," said Brown, a trainer who grew up in nearby Mechanicville, New York. "It's very special to me. Going to Saratoga as a kid, and going to many Travers growing up, it would mean...