09/03/2012 1:07PM

Bill Baffert Sr. dies; father of Bob Baffert

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DEL MAR - Bill Baffert Sr., the father of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, died on Monday at his home in Nogales, Ariz. He was 88.

Nicknamed “The Chief,” Bill Baffert was the mentor for his son as a trainer, and was the inspiration for his son’s witty brand of humor.

“Very sad day,” Baffert said in a text.

During a recent visit late last month, Baffert said his father retained his sense of humor, even in declining health.

“I told him I was going to run out and grab something to eat,” Baffert recalled when he returned the next day from Nogales. “My dad was sitting in his favorite chair, watching TV. He laughed and said, ‘I’m not going anywhere.’”

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill Baffert, and my prayers & condolences to Bob Baffert and his family in this time of mourning. It sounds as if father and son had a close relationship. Bill Baffert will be greatly missed.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
88 isnt bad ,,,I lost mine when he was 60.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
So sorry for your loss, Mr Baffert. My sincere sympathy and prayers for you and your family.