The rich, unbridled, never before told story of the world’s winningest and most charismatic horse trainer, Bob Baffert, and his journey to not once but twice capture the Triple Crown, a feat that in all of horse racing is the ultimate holy grail.
No one cuts a larger figure in thoroughbred horse racing than Bob Baffert, with his signature shock of white hair and that air of intrigue that follows him year after year. Baffert is unquestionably the winningest horse trainer of our time.
Now, with unparalleled and unfettered access to Baffert, award-winning journalist David Israel unspools the compelling story of a man, his horses, and his dreams, through both his heydays and also to hell and back again. As readers are plunged into this moneyed, high-stakes world where destiny hangs in the balance on a daily basis, we see Baffert, thirty-seven years into his career, capture his first Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015. Then, at the height of his triumph, Baffert falls into a professional and personal lull, only to come back in 2018 and win the Triple Crown again, with Justify.
Perfect for fans of Secretariat,Baffert’s Barn is an extraordinary inside look at the modern world of horse racing, the sport of kings and gentlemen, as told through the lens of this enigmatic but successful trainer. We see the many colorful characters that make this world go ’round – the rich owners, the bettors, the jockeys whose risky, demanding job is one of life and death, the grooms who muck the stalls, and of course, the trainer who has lived in this world his entire life and possesses a sixth sense about which ones can win and how to get them there.