California-bred millionaire Letthebighossroll died earlier this week on a California farm at the age of 23. The gelding was one of Bob Baffert's first top horses after he became a Thoroughbred trainer, winning 18 of 60 races for just over a million dollars. During his racing career, Letthebighossroll was owned by Mike Pegram but was given to turf writer Stephanie Diaz after the horse retired.
Baffert tells the Blood-Horse: “He was a nice horse and one mean son of a gun… He got his name from a horse we saw at Ruidoso Downs when we (he and Pegram) were there for the All-American Futurity. The horse's name was Letthebigdogeat, which I thought was a great name for a horse. But Mike said he would never use the word eat in a name for a horse so we knocked it around and came up with Letthebighossroll.”
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