Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has become an official ambassador for Jockeys and Jeans, an all-volunteeer group which raises funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund through a yearly event and stallion season sale.
“I met Bob in his office at his barn at Santa Anita and discussed the role of a Jockeys and Jeans Ambassador,” said the group’s President, Barry Pearl. “Without hesitation, Bob turned and looked at me and said, ‘I would be proud to accept such an honor.'”
Baffert joins Hall of Fame Ambassadors Ron Turcotte, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Chris McCarron, Jorge Velasquez and active riders, Edgar Prado, Javier Castellano and Mike Smith.
“I was once a jockey so I know how important it is to support fallen riders,” Baffert said after the marathon signing. “I’ve hit the ground a few times myself.”