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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1997
Silver Charm, winner of the Kentucky Derby, began picking up speed yesterday on the Pimlico backstretch. This was his final major workout before trying to glean the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness, on Saturday.It wasn't the stretch run of the Derby, but a strenuous training session by a valuable horse is usually enough to make a trainer a little tense.But standing in the morning sunlight on a terrace at Pimlico, Bob Baffert, the loosey-goosey trainer of Silver Charm, turned to the handful of reporters and said:"Will you guys hum 'My Old Kentucky Home' for me?
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By Don Markus and Aaron Dodson and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Bob Baffert , the Hall of Fame trainer of Preakness entry Bayern, hopes his horse has more luck in Baltimore than Bodemeister did at Pimlico two years ago. After winning the Arkansas Derby that year, Bodemeister finished second in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. After Bayern won in Arkansas last month, Baffert decided to have him race in the 1-mile Derby trial rather than the 1 ¼-mile Derby. Bayern - named after soccer power Bayern Munich, the favorite club of the horse's owner Kaleem Shah - finished first in the Derby trial with Rosie Napravnik aboard, but he was later disqualified for interference and given second.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2002
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - They had trained 16 of the past 23 winners of Triple Crown races. Yet when their horses ran one-two in the Kentucky Derby, the exacta paid $1,300.80, highest in Derby history. Bob Baffert, trainer of War Emblem, the Derby winner, and D. Wayne Lukas, trainer of Proud Citizen, the Derby runner-up, stunned the racing world nine days ago at Churchill Downs. Baffert won the 128th Derby with a horse he had trained for less than a month, and Lukas finished second with a horse who garnered more publicity for his patriotic stirrings (Proud Citizen's dam is Drums Of Freedom)
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By Chris Korman | May 14, 2013
It's (mostly) official: Govenor Charlie will run in the Preakness. Maybe. Trainer Bob Baffert told Pimlico officials Tuesday morning that he planned to run the colt, listed as “possible” since skipping the Kentucky Derby. But later in the afternoon he tweeted that the colt wouldn't be confirmed for a Preakness run until he boarded a plane from Louisville on Wednesday. The addition of the Baffert trainee would bring the field to nine and the number of new challengers for Orb to three.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 5, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Breeders' Cup week is a symphony of the most talented, most beautiful and most valuable racehorses in the world. The music soars each time a grand thoroughbred such as Daylami, Forestry or Lemon Drop Kid prances to and from the track.Yet with all these equine stars and all their accomplished human connections, the clear leader of the symphony this week at Gulfstream Park is the once-obscure, now-ubiquitous trainer, Bob Baffert. Everywhere he goes there's a TV crew, a group of reporters, a visitor with a camera, all hoping to bask in the beam of his wit and charm.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1998
When Bob Baffert heard the news, he gasped and said: "You mean I bought Forrest Gump?"It was the morning after the Kentucky Derby, and Baffert just heard that Real Quiet, a yearling he picked out for $17,000, had undergone surgery six months before he'd bought him. Surgeons had inserted wire and screws in both knees to try to straighten his feet.What Baffert bought, as it turned out, was the winner of the Kentucky Derby. And at 5: 27 p.m. tomorrow, racing's version of Forrest Gump will try to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown: the 123rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1998
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The morning after last year's Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert's van jerked to a halt outside his barn at Churchill Downs. He laid on the horn, leaving no doubt about it.The silver-haired goof from California had arrived.And one year later, Baffert's horn is still honking -- after nearly sweeping the Triple Crown with Silver Charm, winning the Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer in the country and capturing the $4 million Dubai World Cup with, again, Silver Charm.On Saturday, Baffert will saddle the likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby, Indian Charlie, and one of the most likely upsetters, Real Quiet.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2001
Bob Baffert was casually taking a call on his cell phone during his post-Preakness news conference yesterday. He fielded questions and then excused himself, saying "a big, white, delicious cake is waiting." Two weeks was long enough for the attention not to be on the trainer from California, and it was long enough for his powerful horse, Point Given, a favorite at the Kentucky Derby who finished a disappointing fifth, to make amends by winning the 126th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Icing on the cake came with the third-place finish of his other horse, Congaree.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2004
As the list of probable starters in the Preakness shrinks, the list of possible starters grows. Expect more changes for the May 15 race at Pimlico as trainers keep one eye on the field and the other on the condition of their horses. Kristin Mulhall, the 21-year-old trainer, has withdrawn the California-bred Cheiron from Preakness consideration. Mulhall had already said Imperialism, her third-place Derby finisher, would skip the Preakness and await the Belmont. But trainer Nick Zito has added two horses for Preakness consideration.
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April 19, 2003
Horse Sire Trainer Jockey Last race Next race Comment Odds* Empire Maker Unbridled Bobby Frankel Jerry Bailey 1st Wood Memorial Kentucky Derby, May 3 It's Empire Maker and the rest; he could sweep Triple Crown 8-5 Ten Most Wanted Dep. Commander Wally Dollase Pat Day 1st Illinois Derby Kentucky Derby, May 3 Could be best of rest in year when top horses fell by wayside 12-1 Funny Cide Distorted Humor Barclay Tagg Jose Santos 2nd Wood Memorial Kentucky Derby,...
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | May 5, 2011
After years of putting his foot in his mouth, Bob Baffert has come up with something he likes to call "The 10 Minute Rule. " He'll talk to the media about whatever they want, but only for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, he says, he tends to say stuff he later tends to regret. So when reporters gathered around his barn Thursday morning to get his thoughts on the horses entered in this year's Kentucky Derby, including his own horse, Midnight Interlude, he playfully checked his watch every few minutes.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2004
As the list of probable starters in the Preakness shrinks, the list of possible starters grows. Expect more changes for the May 15 race at Pimlico as trainers keep one eye on the field and the other on the condition of their horses. Kristin Mulhall, the 21-year-old trainer, has withdrawn the California-bred Cheiron from Preakness consideration. Mulhall had already said Imperialism, her third-place Derby finisher, would skip the Preakness and await the Belmont. But trainer Nick Zito has added two horses for Preakness consideration.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2003
The drama of the post-position draw for the 128th Preakness was established before the selections even began at the ESPN Zone last night. It happened earlier in the day in the Pimlico Race Course press box when the connections of Kentucky Derby-winner Funny Cide were tabbed to pick their gate last among the 10 entries during the pull of pills determining the order of selection. Left with no options, Funny Cide will break from the No. 9 spot, two gates outside Peace Rules, the Derby's third-place finisher and second choice in the Preakness' morning-line odds.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2003
Two veteran trainers who have won a combined nine Preaknesses came to Pimlico Race Course yesterday with three entries for 2003, all of whom figure to be moderate to distinctive long shots. D. Wayne Lukas (five Preakness champions) arrived with Scrimshaw and Ten Cents A Shine, both Kentucky Derby also-rans, and Bob Baffert (four) is here with Senor Swinger, considered more of a turf runner and a non-Derby participant. Lukas may have a sleeper in Ten Cents A Shine, whose workouts at Churchill Downs have impressed owner Ken Ramsey.
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April 19, 2003
Horse Sire Trainer Jockey Last race Next race Comment Odds* Empire Maker Unbridled Bobby Frankel Jerry Bailey 1st Wood Memorial Kentucky Derby, May 3 It's Empire Maker and the rest; he could sweep Triple Crown 8-5 Ten Most Wanted Dep. Commander Wally Dollase Pat Day 1st Illinois Derby Kentucky Derby, May 3 Could be best of rest in year when top horses fell by wayside 12-1 Funny Cide Distorted Humor Barclay Tagg Jose Santos 2nd Wood Memorial Kentucky Derby,...
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2002
How badly does Prince Ahmed bin Salman, the owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, want the Triple Crown? "As badly as I want my son and daughter to get married," said Prince Ahmed, member of the Saudi Arabian ruling family. "Really bad. ... To win the Triple Crown would knock me out." Prince Ahmed - like the trainer who works for him, Bob Baffert - can practically taste a Triple Crown, partly because of disappointments that have come before. Prince Ahmed, 43, and Baffert were close last year with Point Given, the 2001 Horse of the Year.
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May 4, 2002
PP Horse Trainer Jockey Record Earnings Last race Comment Odds 1 Johannesburg Aidan O'Brien Gary Stevens 8: 7-1-0 $1,017,005 2nd Gladness You can't win Derby off one seven-furlong turf prep in Ireland 6-1 2 Wild Horses Todd Pletcher Rene Douglas 5: 1-3-0 $142,400 2nd Arkansas Dy. Didn't win first, and only, race until March; not ready 50-1 3 Perfect Drift Murray Johnson Eddie Delahoussaye 6: 3-3-0 $382,160 1st Spiral Stakes Aussie trainer taking unorthodox...
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2002
How badly does Prince Ahmed bin Salman, the owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, want the Triple Crown? "As badly as I want my son and daughter to get married," said Prince Ahmed, member of the Saudi Arabian ruling family. "Really bad. ... To win the Triple Crown would knock me out." Prince Ahmed - like the trainer who works for him, Bob Baffert - can practically taste a Triple Crown, partly because of disappointments that have come before. Prince Ahmed, 43, and Baffert were close last year with Point Given, the 2001 Horse of the Year.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2002
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - They had trained 16 of the past 23 winners of Triple Crown races. Yet when their horses ran one-two in the Kentucky Derby, the exacta paid $1,300.80, highest in Derby history. Bob Baffert, trainer of War Emblem, the Derby winner, and D. Wayne Lukas, trainer of Proud Citizen, the Derby runner-up, stunned the racing world nine days ago at Churchill Downs. Baffert won the 128th Derby with a horse he had trained for less than a month, and Lukas finished second with a horse who garnered more publicity for his patriotic stirrings (Proud Citizen's dam is Drums Of Freedom)
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May 4, 2002
PP Horse Trainer Jockey Record Earnings Last race Comment Odds 1 Johannesburg Aidan O'Brien Gary Stevens 8: 7-1-0 $1,017,005 2nd Gladness You can't win Derby off one seven-furlong turf prep in Ireland 6-1 2 Wild Horses Todd Pletcher Rene Douglas 5: 1-3-0 $142,400 2nd Arkansas Dy. Didn't win first, and only, race until March; not ready 50-1 3 Perfect Drift Murray Johnson Eddie Delahoussaye 6: 3-3-0 $382,160 1st Spiral Stakes Aussie trainer taking unorthodox...
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