Bob Baffert, who’s won three Kentucky Derbies and a record five Santa Anita Derbies, is now a Hall of Famer. Baffert beat out Robert Wheeler. On a conference call Monday morning to announce the inductees to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, Baffert credited his mom and dad and owner Mike Pegram for his success.
Jockey Alex Solis lost out in the voting to former jockey Eddie Maple. Randy Romero was also up for induction. Both Maple and Romero were fine riders, but I think Solis got robbed here. He’s won more races than either Maple or Romero did and accomplished more.
Tiznow, the only two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, was voted in as contemporary male horse, beating out 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given and Best Pal, one of the best Cal-bred horses of all time who won the inaugural running of the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
Silverbulletday, trained by Baffert and owned by Pegram, edged Open Mind and Sky Beauty to gain induction.