Bob Baffert: All American Futurity


[The legendary horse trainer Bob Baffert] looks back with fondness on the time he and the Chief [his father] hopped in the station wagon and drove to Ruidoso, New Mexico, to see the All American Futurity, the Kentucky Derby of the sport, and there met an old breeder who told them he was sending his broodmares to Easy Jet, then a leading quarter-horse stallion, and the old man fixed his eyes on the Chief and said, 'Who you breedin' your mares to?'"'To a horse in Arizona named Sonoitan,' said the Chief."The old man drew himself up, looked suspiciously at Bobby's father, and said, 'Sonoitan? Never heard of him. Did he ever run?'"'He was a show horse,' said the Chief."'Oh,' the old man said in a slow drawl. 'You're one of them guys who jus' likes to watch his mares f---.'"

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