RTIP Alum Bob Baffert Wins Fifth Preakness with Lookin At Lucky

Bob Baffert celebrates his victory in the 2010 Preakness Stakes | Horsephotos.com/NTRA
Bob Baffert celebrates his victory in the 2010 Preakness Stakes | Horsephotos.com/NTRA

Bob Baffert, alum of the Race Track Industry Program, notched his fifth win in the second jewel of America’s Triple Crown when LOOKIN AT LUCKY galloped across the finish line at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.  The three-year-old colt is owned by longtime Baffert client Mike Pegram and Tucson natives Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. 

The horse’s jockey, Martin Garcia, was riding LOOKIN AT LUCKY for the first time after Baffert decided on a rider switch in the aftermath of Lucky’s bad trip in the Kentucky Derby.  It was only Garcia’s second time riding in a Triple Crown race – he had ridden Baffert’s Conveyance in the Derby to a 15th-place finish.

Baffert’s five Preakness wins put him in elite company: only two other trainers have equaled that mark.  D. Wayne Lukas, trainer of the horse Dublin in this year’s race, and early 1900’s trainer Thomas Healey also trained five Preakness winners. 

Pegram, Weitman and Watson also owned Midnight Lute, the 2-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner trained by Baffert, named after former University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olsen. 

Baffert’s road to horse racing legend began in Nogales, Ariz., where he started as a groom and exercise rider for his father’s string of quarter horses.   For a brief time he was a jockey, and then began training quarter horses on his own.  He won his first race as a thoroughbred trainer at Tucson’s Rillito Park in 1979.  From there, he worked his way up the ranks with help from friends and horse owners Pegram and Hal Earnhardt.  He has won 3 Eclipse awards for Outstanding Trainer of the year, trainer of Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm, Real Quiet and War Emblem, five Preakness winners, one Belmont winner, seven Breeders’ Cup champions and two winners of the Dubai World Cup.  He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga in 2009.

Contact name: 
Betty Prewitt
Contact email: 
bprewitt@ag.arizona.edu
Released date: 
May 20 2010