Kentucky Derby: Baffert vs. Pletcherby Christopher C. Wuensch on May. 05, 2012, under Sports
The NCAA basketball champion Kentucky Wildcats were honored prior to this year’s 138th Annual Kentucky Derby. After the race, the odds are high that one of two former Arizona Wildcats will be the ones heralded at the iconic Churchill Downs.
Trainers Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher have more in common then knowing to choose the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry School in which to pursue a degree. The Arizona alums have become the symbols of excellence in the horse-racing world, amassing close to 16,000 wins and $394 million in career earnings combined.
BAFFERT vs. PLETCHER: TRACK RECORD
2012 KENTUCKY DERBY ENTRIES
BAFFERT: Bodemeister (7-1); Liaison (53-1)
PLETCHER: Gemologist (8-1); El Padrino (26-1)
BIO: AGE – BORN – MIDDLE INITIAL
BAFFERT: 59 – Nogales, Ariz. – A.
PLETCHER: 45 – El Paso, Texas – A.
CAREER FINISHES: 1st – 2nd – 3rd PLACES
BAFFERT: 2,194 – 1,662 – 1,418
PLETCHER: 13,539 – 2,174 – 1,779
KENTUCKY DERBY WINS
BAFFERT: Silver Charm (1997); Real Quiet (1998); War Emblem (2002)
PLETCHER: Super Saver (2010)
PREAKNESS STAKES-BELMONT STAKES WINS
ECLIPSE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TRAINER
BAFFERT: 3, 1997-99
PLETCHER: 5, 2004-07, 2010
CLAIM TO FAME
BAFFERT: Only trainer to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in back-to-back years. War Emblem equaled the feat in 2002.
PLETCHER: His $27 million plus in earnings in 2006 is a single-season record, juxtaposing the old mark of $20 million plus set the previous year by none other than Todd Pletcher.
Ran into Larry King at lunch and traded heart attack stories.He loves horse racing.
— Bob Baffert (@Midnightlute) April 18, 2012