The Associated Press
Trainer Bob Baffert talks with reporters at his barn in the stable area of Churchill Downs on Monday in Louisville, Ky. Baffert trains Kentucky Derby hopeful Midnight Interlude.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Bob Baffert's mood these days swings
between sober and playful, serious one moment and cracking jokes
the next. Barely a month ago, his life flashed in front of him
while having a heart attack in Dubai.
The three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer is at Churchill
Downs with one of the favorites in Bodemeister, named for his
7-year-old son who choked out an emotional "goodbye Daddy" in the
early hours of Baffert's health scare.
Baffert had three stents inserted in two arteries, surgery that
shattered his feeling of invincibility and rattled those close to
him. Always driven, he now views the Derby and his lifestyle
differently. Sure, it's still the biggest race in America, but
Baffert is less crazed about perfectly executing all the little
details that go into winning it.