Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was his usual cool self with $1 million on the line in the Pacific Classic on Saturday at Del Mar.
Wearing designer sunglasses, a blue sports coat, a light red shirt, tan pants and loafers, Baffert was either texting on his smartphone or smiling as he greeted fans and friends in the paddock, even taking photos with Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who brought the Larry O’Brien Trophy to show off.
“I’m always the same,” Baffert said. “I don’t have to run.”
Then came the big race, and Baffert’s horse won. It just wasn’t the 3-5 favorite Arrogate, North America’s richest thoroughbred. The other Baffert horse in the field,...