Baffert Assistant Jimmy Barnes Suffers Fractured Pelvis In ‘Freaky’ Training Incident

by | 09.17.2017 | 6:28pm
Asst. trainer Jimmy Barnes, shown with American Pharoah at Churchill Downs prior to the Preakness

Long a top assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, Jimmy Barnes can usually be seen accompanying his equine charges across the world on a lead pony. On Sunday, according to, the pony 58-year-old Barnes was riding stumbled and unseated him.

Barnes was transported to the hospital and diagnosed with a fractured pelvis. How long he will remain hospitalized was not certain.

“He stumbled,” Baffert said. “The pony lost his footing. He just went down. It was a freaky thing.”

Barnes is best known for working alongside Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. He is the husband of fellow Baffert employee Dana Barnes, the regular exercise rider of Arrogate.


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