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Bob Baffert

Trainer

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet and again in 2002 with War Emblem. He has saddled 19 horses in the Run for the Roses. He has won the Preakness stakes a record tying five times and has won the Eclipse Award for top trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty.

Garrett Gomez

Jockey

Garrett won back-to-back Eclipses for Outstanding Jockey in 2007 and 2008, has won ten Breeders’ Cup races, and won the Shoemaker Award for top performance by a jockey at the Breeders’ Cup in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010. Garrett won the 2007 Kentucky Oaks on Rags to Riches and has made nine appearances in the Kentucky Derby with his best finish coming in 2009 on Pioneerofthe Nile, who ran second. Garrett got involved in horse racing by his father, Louis. Took out his jockey’s license to start riding at Sante Fe Downs in New Mexico. Garrett won his first race on September 1988 aboard Furlong Circle, in 2008 he set a single season record for most stakes wins with 76. Top mounts have included: Blame, Lookin At Lucky, Pluck, Midshipman, Stevie Wonderboy, Borrego, Life is Sweet, Indian Blessing, Midnight Lute, Honor Glide, Wait A While, and Ventura. His favorite sport and past time is golf. Garrett Gomez was born on January 1, 1972 and resides in Durante, California.

Zayat Stables

Owner

Zayat Stables was formed in 2005 by Ahmed Zayat, an entrepreneur from Cairo, Egypt. Zayat was introduced to horses in his early teens while competing in national show jumping events in his native country. In 2009, Zayat’s Pioneer of the Nile won the Santa Anita Derby before finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. In 2010, Zayat was back on the Derby trail with early favorite Eskendereya, but he was withdrawn from the race because of injury. In the 137th Run for the Roses, Zayat again finished second with Nehro.

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