Death, taxes, and Bob Baffert winning the Kentucky Derby is what we’ve grown to know and understand, especially as Baffert won his sixth Derby on Saturday.
Who doesn’t love seeing Arizonan’s succeed, especially when it is a former Arizona Wildcat? Well, once again we were delighted to see the impact that Bob Baffert has on the sport of Horse Racing in the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
While the event is normally held in May, the 2020 race was pushed out to September due to Covid. But no matter, as it appears it afforded Bob more time to get his horse Authentic and Jockey, John R. Velazquez ready.
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Originally hailing from Nogales, AZ, Bob attended the University of Arizona to study within the Race Track Industry Program, and from an early age, Bob became a renowned trainer.
Training some of the best horses in the world, he made the switch to Thoroughbreds and hasn’t looked back since then.
However, it wasn’t until 1992 when Bob finally got his first big break, winning the Breeders Cup held in Arcadia, California with a horse named Thirty Slew. It was from there where he seemed to begin his historic run in the sport, especially as he won his first Kentucky Derby five years later.
Well, fast forward to 2020, and Bob continues to add to his impressive resume!
The winner of not only the 2015 and 2018 Triple Crowns with American Pharoah and Justify respectively, on Saturday he picked up his sixth Kentucky Derby win!
Entering the race with 8-1 odds to win, Authentic upset Tiz the Law, the heavy favorite, running the 1¼-mile track in 2:00.61, as Bob further cemented his legacy in the sport.
However, there will be no Triple Crown winner this year. For those that don’t know, Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes back in June, but with Authentic winning the Kentucky Derby Saturday, that only leaves the Preakness still to be ran, which means the Triple Crown is off the table.
Even though we won’t be seeing Bob winning the Triple Crown, we at least et to see him still find success! As always, Bear Down, Arizona!