2017/11/03 14:25
HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Bayern

  • Jockey
    Martin Garcia
  • Trainer
    Bob Baffert
  • Owner
    Kaleem Shah
  • Breeder
    Helen Alexander
  • Sire
    Offlee Wild
  • Dam
    Alittlebitearly

From the family of Courtley Dee, one of the greatest broodmares of the 20th century, Bayern flashed his brilliance early, winning his first two career starts at Santa Anita by a combined margin of 18 1/4 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. He followed those efforts with a third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby, but only made one appearance in a Triple Crown race, the Preakness Stakes, in which he finished ninth after a poor start. It was in the Woody Stephens Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard that Bayern began to show his true ability, sprinting to a 7 1/2 length win in a quick 1:20.75 over the Belmont main track. He nearly duplicated that winning margin in the Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park, earning his first Grade 1 victory and guaranteed entry into the Breeders' Cup Classic by 7 1/4 lengths. Bayern's next start was the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Taken out of his preferred pace situation, the colt finished 10th. He bounced back in the Pennsylvania Derby, defeating a field that included Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome by 5 3/4 lengths and setting a new track record of 1:46.96 for the 1 1/8 mile distance. By the time he entered the Classic, Bayern had made nine starts at eight different tracks in 2014, won five races sprinting and routing, and finished second or third in another two races. Despite the depth of his experience, he was sent to post as the 6-1 fourth-favorite. With jockey Martin Garcia up, Bayern broke aggressively from the gate, securing the lead and holding off world-traveling UAE Derby victor Toast of New York to win the Classic by a nose. California Chrome was third by a neck. Bayern was declared the winner after a stewards' inquiry into the start resulted in no changes to the order of finish. Owned by Kaleem Shah and bred by Helen Alexander in Kentucky, Bayern is the first Breeders' Cup Classic winner for Baffert, who won his first Breeders' Cup race in 1992 with Thirty Slews in the Sprint.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
September 26, 2015Awesome Again S.SANTA ANITA PARK13
August 22, 2015$1 Million TVG Pacific Classic S.DEL MAR19
July 25, 2015San Diego H.DEL MAR23
June 06, 2015NYRA.com Metropolitan H.BELMONT PARK110
May 02, 2015Churchill Downs S.CHURCHILL DOWNS26
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 01, 2014Breeders' Cup ClassicSANTA ANITA PARK11
September 20, 2014Pennsylvania DerbyPARX RACING21
August 23, 2014Travers S.SARATOGA110
July 27, 2014William Hill Haskell Invitational S.MONMOUTH PARK11
June 07, 2014Woody Stephens S.BELMONT PARK21
May 17, 2014Preakness S.PIMLICO19
April 26, 2014Derby Trial S.CHURCHILL DOWNS32
April 12, 2014Arkansas DerbyOAKLAWN PARK13
February 13, 2014 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
January 04, 2014 SANTA ANITA PARK 1