05/20/2015 2:08PM

Trainer Bob Baffert: Profile, career highlights

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Bob Baffert comes into the Belmont Stakes with a fourth shot at sweeping the Triple Crown.

Bob Baffert

Born: Jan. 13, 1953, Nogales, Ariz.

* Won the first of four Kentucky Derbys with Silver Charm in 1997.

* Has had four horses win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes – Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002), and American Pharoah (2015).

* Won the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes with Point Given in 2001. Won the 2010 Preakness with Lookin At Lucky.

* Recipient of the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding trainer three times – 1997, 1998, and 1999.

* Has won more than 40 seven-figure races, including five so far in 2015 – the $2 million Golden Shaheen sprint in Dubai with Secret Circle; the $1 million Arkansas Derby, $2 million Kentucky Derby and $1.5 million Preakness Stakes with American Pharoah; and the $1 million Santa Anita Derby with Dortmund.

* Began training Quarter Horses on the Arizona fair circuit in 1975, three years after he rode his first race as a jockey. Rode his final race in 1981.

* Was one of the leading Quarter Horse trainers at Los Alamitos in Southern California through the 1980s before making a full transition to Thoroughbred racing in Southern California in November 1991. Less than 12 months later, he won his first Breeders’ Cup race with Thirty Slews in the BC Sprint at Gulfstream Park.

* Has won the Dubai World Cup twice – with Silver Charm in 1998 and Captain Steve in 2001.

* Has trained 12 champions who have won 16 titles, the most recent of which was American Pharoah, the champion 2-year-old male of 2014. The list includes Point Given, the 2001 Horse of the Year.

* Has won 31 career training titles in Southern California, the most recent of which was the 2014 December meeting at Los Alamitos.