Bob Baffert Wins the American Pharoah Stakes in 2021

American Pharoah Stakes is an American thoroughbred horse racing event. The event is held in Santa Anita Park, in California, at the end of September every year.  This time in the horse racing schedule 2021, the stakes were scheduled on the 1st of October, 2021. The name of this event is inspired by the thoroughbred racehorse from America who won the American Triple Crown, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the year 2015. This horse was trained by Bob Baffert or commonly known as Robert A. Baffert. 

The American racehorse trainer Robert A. Baffert has trained the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. The 68-year-old trainer has gathered a whopping 3,406 victories to date. His horses have earned a lot of major victories, including the Preakness Stakes. 

Robert Baffert is one of the biggest names in horse racing history. Recently, in the American Pharoah stakes 2021 that was scheduled on the 1st of October, Robert Baffert gained a victory again. The success adds to the number of accomplishments the coach has achieved in his entire career. This year marks his 9th consecutive victory in the race.

The event held in Santa Anita was a Grade 1 event with prize money of $300,000. The American Pharaoh Stakes 2021 was won by Corniche. The trainer of this horse is B. Baffert, and the jockey is M. Smith. The second place was claimed by Pappacap, trained by M. Cases, and in the third position was Oviatt Class, trained by J. Desormeaux. 

The event was for 2-year-olds, a total of 7 entries were recorded, out of which Bob Baffert entered into the American Pharoah Stakes with three horses. Corniche, Rockefeller, and Flying Drummer were the three of Bob Baffert’s horses. Despite an outstanding performance in the American Pharaoh Stakes 2021, these 2-year-olds are suspended from collecting the 2022 Kentucky Derby points. The reason for this inability is that Baffert was banned from entering the Churchill Downs. 

Bob Baffert was restricted from entering Churchill Downs because his horses could not pass the Medina Spirit’s drug test. The test was carried out after Bob won the Kentucky Derby, 2021. None of Baffert’s horses could win a single score due to the ban. Below are the morning line odds of the American Pharoah Stakes, with the names of trainers and jockeys.

Number of entry Name of the Horse Trainer Jockey Odds earned in the race
1. Corniche  Bob Baffert  Mike Smith 6-5
2. Flying Drummer Bob Baffert  John Velazquez  10-1
3. Finneus  Walther Solis  Tiago Periera  12-1
4. Oviatt Class Keith Desormeaux  Kent Desormeaux  3-1
5. Joker Boy  Brian Koriner Edwin Maldonado  15-1
6. Rockefeller  Bob Baffert Flavien Prat 3-1
7. Pappacap Mark Casse Joe Bravo 8-1


The horses named Corniche, Pappacap, and Oviett Class are the winners of the race, and the winner of the tournament earns the “win, and you’re in” slip for the next race in the horse racing schedule 2021, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The distance of the American Pharoah Stakes was 1 1/16 m (dirt). Corniche, the favorite horse, won the race and the prize money of $ 300,000. 

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