Trainer Bob Baffert with American Pharoah in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 2015. Though Baffert fine-tunes thoroughbreds across the spectrum for age, gender and racing surface, his focus has long been squarely on coaching up 3-year-olds for the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
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Trainer Bob Baffert, right, greets jockey Mike Smith and Justify after the horse won the Triple Crown, at the Belmont States in New York in June 2018.
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