Bob Baffert is one of the most successful and controversial horse trainers in the world. He has won seven Kentucky Derbies, seven Preakness Stakes, three Belmont Stakes, and two Triple Crowns. He has also faced multiple allegations of doping his horses, most recently with Medina Spirit, the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
But who is Bob Baffert’s family? And is Natalie Baffert related to him? Here’s what we know.
Bob Baffert’s Current Wife is Jill Baffert, a Former TV Reporter
Bob Baffert is married to Jill Baffert, a former television reporter and beauty queen from Centerville, Tennessee. According to Heavy.com, Jill Baffert met Bob in 1998 when she was working for WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. At the time, Bob was still married to his first wife, Sherry.
Jill and Bob dated for several years before tying the knot in 2002. They have a son together, named Bode, who was born in 2004. Jill is often seen by Bob’s side at the racetracks, cheering for his horses and celebrating his victories.
Jill told The Daily Herald in 2015 that she has a wonderful life with Bob and their son. “I can walk inside and scratch him on the nose whenever I want,” she said of American Pharoah, the Triple Crown winner trained by Bob. “I have a wonderful life. I am so happy.”
Bob Baffert’s Son Bode Wants to Be a Meteorologist
Bode Baffert is the youngest of Bob’s five children and the only one he shares with Jill. Bode is named after the Olympic skier Bode Miller, whom Bob admires. Bode is also a big fan of horse racing and often accompanies his father to the races.
Bode has shown his enthusiasm and excitement for his father’s achievements on camera. When American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, Bode told a reporter that the best part of it all was “winning.” He also dressed up as his father for Halloween, wearing a mullet wig and sunglasses.
However, Bode does not want to follow in his father’s footsteps as a horse trainer. Instead, he wants to be a meteorologist. According to Newsday, Bode updates his father on the weather forecast every 20 minutes before a big race. “He follows the Doppler,” Bob said.
Bob Baffert’s First Wife is Sherry Baffert, With Whom He Has Four Children
Bob Baffert was previously married to Sherry Baffert, with whom he has four children: Taylor, Canyon, Forest, and Savannah. Bob and Sherry divorced in 2001 after 17 years of marriage.
According to Heavy.com, Sherry is a former flight attendant who met Bob when he was working as a quarter horse trainer in Arizona. They moved to California together and started a family.
Sherry has remained supportive of Bob’s career and has attended some of his races with their children. She has also defended him against the doping accusations, saying that he is “honest” and “loves his horses.”
Natalie Baffert is Not Related to Bob Baffert
Natalie Baffert is a social media influencer and horse racing enthusiast who runs a YouTube channel called The Paddock Pass. She posts videos about horse racing news, interviews with jockeys and trainers, and behind-the-scenes footage from the tracks.
Natalie Baffert is not related to Bob Baffert by blood or marriage. She is not his daughter, niece, cousin, or sister-in-law. She is just a fan of his work and has interviewed him several times for her channel.
Natalie has also clarified on her Instagram account that she is not related to Bob. She wrote in a post: “I get asked this question all the time… No I am not related to @bob.baffert but I do love him like family!”