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4‑H Alumni Participate in the 2019 Kentucky Derby

by Kittrina Thompson

Every once in a while, 4‑H alumni take center stage at some of the year’s most prominent events. One of those moments happened this weekend, as Georgia 4‑H alumna Jennifer Nettles and Arizona 4‑H alumnus Bob Baffert took part in the 2019 Kentucky Derby.

As you can guess, Grammy award-winning singer Jennifer Nettles lent her powerful vocals to the event as she opened the race with the National Anthem.

Dressed in her Derby best, the 4‑H National Spokesperson shared her love for the icon Kentucky Derby styles displayed. And in true 4‑H fashion, she showed a little love to fellow alum Bob Baffert, recognizing their former 4‑H’er status and wishing him well during the race.

“Bob Baffert is a fellow 4‑H’er. We both grew up in 4‑H,” Nettles shared. “So I’m definitely going to be betting for some of his horses for sure.”

And yes, two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert had three horse in the race. While he was hoping to secure the historical title of three-time Triple Crown winner, his horses, Game Winner, Roadster, and Improbable, placed 4th, 5th and 15th, respectively.

In March, Bob Baffert attended the 10th annual 4‑H Legacy Awards, where he received the Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion. Before accepting the award, he shared how 4‑H prepared him to become the successful horse trainer he is today.

“I learned to communicate with these animals, and [4‑H] really helped me through the years,” he said. “So it really helped me down the road to pick horses out, which turned out to win Kentucky Derbies.”