Baffert’s Derby Win an Authentic Milestone

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Trainer Bob Baffert (right), shown exulting after a victory by Justify in a 2018 Triple Crown race, recorded his sixth Kentucky Derby win on Saturday, courtesy of Authentic.

Authentic grabbed the lead shortly after the start and held off a stretch bid from odds-on favorite Tiz the Law by 1¼ lengths to win the 146th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby in Louisville on Saturday — a feat with special meaning in La Cañada Flintridge.
Trained by LCF resident Bob Baffert and ridden by John Velazquez, Authentic covered a mile and quarter in 2:00.61 over a fast track.
“I’ve been fortunate to have these great jockeys win these races,” Baffert said. “But that was won by Johnny. John, that race will go down as one of the top — just the way he handled a horse like [Authentic]. … But it’s one of those things where it never gets old. [I’m] just very fortunate and blessed to be in this position.”
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Baffert Denies Allegations Triple Crown Winner Was Intentionally Given PED

Bob Baffert (left, with sunglasses) celebrating the Kentucky Derby victory of his horse, Justify, at Churchill Downs in May 2018.
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Bob Baffert (left, with sunglasses) celebrating the Kentucky Derby victory of his horse, Justify, at Churchill Downs in May 2018.

Trainer Bob Baffert of La Cañada Flintridge recently denied explosive allegations made in a New York Times story that his horse Justify, who became a Triple Crown champion last year, was intentionally given a performance-enhancing drug called scopolamine.
Baffert’s statement, via Twitter through Justify owner WinStar Farm, was made on Sept. 12. Justify won the Triple Crown in June 2018 and was the 13th horse in the sport’s history to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Continue reading “Baffert Denies Allegations Triple Crown Winner Was Intentionally Given PED”

LCF Horse Trainer Seeks Triple Crown on Saturday

La Cañada Flintridge resident Bob Baffert (in sunglasses) celebrated in 2015 after American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. If Justify (right) wins the Belmont this Saturday, he will become the 13th race horse to claim the Triple Crown.

La Cañada Flintridge, with its proud history as a horse town, also can justifiably boast about a resident who is among horse racing’s most iconic figures.
If Justify wins at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will only enhance his spectacular legacy; he will have guided two horses in four years to thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.
American Pharoah (famously misspelled), whom he also trained, completed the difficult trifecta in 2015.
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LCF’s Baffert Delivers a 5th Kentucky Derby Win

Bob Baffert has done it again.

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La Cañada Flintridge resident and renowned trainer Bob Baffert (left) celebrates alongside jockey Mike Smith and the rest of the Justify team after their horse won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday in Louisville.

The world-renowned horse trainer claimed his fifth Kentucky Derby victory Saturday when Justify raced to a convincing 2½-length triumph on a rain-soaked track in Louisville.
The victory was Baffert’s fifth at the Kentucky Derby and moved the La Cañada Flintridge resident into second place all time, just one win behind Ben Jones, who set the record in the 1940s. Continue reading “LCF’s Baffert Delivers a 5th Kentucky Derby Win”