Bob Baffert is a popular American horse owner, actor, and horse trainer. He has achieved a big amount of net worth as his business is growing. He started a business with horses and became a popular horse trainer. Many people are surprised that the horses under his training are tame and efficient. It is not surprising that his horses have won five Kentucky Derbies, seven Preakness Stakes, three Belmont Stakes, and two US Triple Crowns. It is surprising that as a rider he had to wait for around 10 years to earn $1 million in race prizes. Here are more details regarding his personal and professional life.
Bio and Early Life
Bob Baffert was born on January 13, 1953. He was raised very well by his parents and they all lived in Nogales, Arizona. Since his childhood, he was interested in dealing with horses as his family was dealing with livestock. He is currently 68 years old. You will not be surprised to know that he was brought up in a family that raised cattle and chickens. He graduated from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program. As he was a bright student he got good grades in Bachelor of Science degree.
Bob began his career as a jockey. However, as he was growing up to he had difficulty in maintaining the required jockey weight. The jockey weight is around (100-108 lbs) which is not easy to handle by many. After changing his profession he switched to become a horse trainer. He has associated himself with the American Quarter Horses. It is a rare breed of horses as they are perfect for sprinting short distances. While he was training for various horses he got introduced to a breed that is known for its speed, agility, and spirit.
He started training for flat racing that is challenging to handle especially because of the distance. The big break happened in 1992 when he won the first Breeder’s Cup race. The horse Thirty Slews became his companion and the win resulted in a $1 million prize. During these few years, he also got the chance to win the Eclipse Award as an outstanding trainer. He has been a part of the hall of fame and voted for the Big Sport Turfdom Award.
Achievements and Awards
The award-winning spree continued as Bob was winning the races with horses. He was included in the Lone Star Park’s Hall of Fame. In 2009 the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in Sarasota Springs also gave him an award for his contribution. He has also won the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for training some of the best breeds of horses.
Personal Life and Net Worth
Bob is the father of five children and four of them are from his first marriage. He has one kid from his second marriage. His second wife named Jill is a popular television personality. A few years ago he suffered from a heart attack but survived due to his patience and strength. The total net worth of Bob happens to be around $30 million. He has achieved it all from training horses and has won many prizes for the same.