TUCSON, Arizona — The following is part two of a two-part interview with legendary horse trainer Bob Baffert. The southern Arizona native and UArizona alum is preparing for Saturday's Arkansas Derby, which will be held with no fans. A link to part one, in which Baffert talks about this year's Triple Crown hopefuls, can be found at the bottom of this transcript.
Tell me about what precautions you are taking. You use masks around horses anyway. Do you need to take any extra precautions with the ongoing virus.
We take temperatures every day at the track. If somebody gets sick, and nobody has yet gotten sick, they are not allowed to come to work even if they have a little cold. Everybody is scared and worried about it, so we take extra precaution.
Earlier this year, you won your 3,000th race. With everything you've accomplished, what did that mean to you? Where does that rank among things you've accomplished?
It's exciting. And I won it with "Thousand Words," so that was neat for him to be my 3,000th winner. Who would have thought that. It's something I'm proud of. I started out in Nogales, Arizona, and never dreamt of anything. And then, Sonoita, where I learned to get on a horse. Then, I moved to Rillito, and that was big-time. And, here I am in California. I've very fortunate. I started out in Arizona, and I haven't forgotten that.
Part one can be found here: https://www.kgun9.com/sports/local-sports/part-one-one-on-one-with-bob-baffert