Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who orchestrated the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic-winning career of American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), will be honored by the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation at its annual fundraising and awards dinner to be held Aug. 15 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, a few miles south of Del Mar Racetrack.
“I'm honored to be recognized by the Gregson Foundation and to stand alongside past honorees who are truly a Who's Who of California racing,” said Baffert.
Among trainers previously honored are Jack Van Berg, Ron McAnally, Mel Stute, and the late Warren Stute, as well as industry leaders such as Ann and Jerry Moss, Mace and Samantha Siegel, Dr. Jack Robbins, and Joe and Barbara Harper. Last summer, the Foundation saluted jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens while raising money to provide college scholarships to the children of California's backstretch community.
“It's pretty remarkable to see how the Gregson Foundation's scholarship program has grown through the years and to know what a difference it has made in the lives of not only the kids, but entire families,” Baffert said. “Backstretch workers are the backbone of our industry, and this is a wonderful way to let them know they are appreciated and supported.”