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Favorite Bayern Taken Down in Derby Trial

Bayern, Embellishing Bob, and Myositis Dan (2014 Derby Trial).
Photo: Reed Palmer
Martin Cherry's homebred Embellishing Bob was elevated to first place after Bayern was disqualified for drifting out in deep stretch to win the 90th running of the $176,700 Derby Trial (Grade III) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 24,431 on the opening night of the 38-day Spring Meet.

Trained by Steve Margolis and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Embellishing Bob tracked odds-on favorite through fractions of :23.23, :46.62 and 1:11.19. At the top of the stretch, Embellishing Bob drew even with Bayern and the two raced through the stretch as a team, hitting the wire a nose apart with a fast-closing Myositis Dan another nose back.

The time of the race was 1:36.73 over a fast main track.

Embellishing Bob is a Kentucky-bred son of Northern Afleet out of the Defrere mare Kirsche. The victory was worth $106,267 to Embellishing Bob and boosted his earnings to $143,017 with a record of 4-2-1-1.

Embellishing Bob returned $11.60, $4.60 and $3.40. Bayern, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, returned $3 and $2.40 with Myositis Dan, ridden by Joe Rocco Jr., returning $3.80 to show.

Laddie Boy finished another 1 ¾ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Friendswith K Mill, Spot, Matador and Big Sugar Soda.


BRIAN HERNANDEZ Jr., rider of Embellishing Bob (winner): - "She (rider Rosie Napravnik on Bayern) was getting out the whole way. She bumped us. That's why I claimed.
"There didn't look to be a whole lot of speed in the race, so I just rode it the way it came up. He's a young horse, but he's talented and we tried to take advantage of that tonight. We asked him to run hard and he did. He showed just how good he is."

STEVE MARGOLIS, trainer of Embellishing Bob (winner): "We were happy with his last race at the Fair Grounds. And it was like Mr. (Martin) Cherry said, let's take a shot. He's been doing really good and I knew the one-turn mile wasn't out of his reach."

On his next race: "We've got to look at his family and take a little more conservative of a route. His family is a lot of seven-furlong horses, maybe milers, so I'll talk with Mr. Cherry about it... There's the Woody Stephens on Belmont Day. We'll just have to kick it around but he's a nice colt and he's run good every time we've run him. He did get bumped legitimately by Bob's (Baffert's) horse with his hind end and so we dug in and ran a big race."

ROSIE NAPRAVNIK, rider of BAYERN (second-place finisher): "It wasn't any more me than him. I was surprised he claimed on me. I thought we won it fair. My horse ran hard and ran well."

BOB BAFFERT, trainer of BAYERN (second-place finisher): (On the DQ) - "I don't know. I never got to see it. There was contact. Apparently it was the right call because they took him down. What are you going to do? At first I thought he hung on and won. Then I saw the inquiry. I saw all the bumping, there was a lot of stuff going on there. He ran well, but he's still a young horse. We need to get him back, a little bit off the lead. He got a little tired at the end. The track is demanding tonight. He got a lot out of it."

(After seeing the replay) "They made the right call."

Will he run in the Preakness: "We'll see. We'll play it by ear."


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SIs offer was that it would get to 8 figures if he won the wood. I think he came in there over confident. He was a super horse and ran three times in what 6 or 7 weeks and tried to go from 75 degrees to 40 in ny shipping without acclimating, had nowhere to go but down after his huge second race and then add the bad post. He and chrome are not in the same rating. Chrome will not improve, SI will.He floundered a bit and I still won't be surprised if he has an unseen injury as of yet like Afleet Alex did after the Preakness when ducking past the horse that ducked out and he still easily won the Belmont and then he had an injury weeks later. I expect him to either be hurt or move forward in his next start. He shipped to cold weather, stretched out and it was only his 3rd start. The offer was ridiculous. It would have been great if they sold him prior and he ended up in pletcher or bafferts barn and then lost. Then theyd have been to blame instead of the fact that too much was being asked of him too soon. He started late and rushing to get to the derby got him beat.
The offer of 8 million was supposedly from outside the US and was for 75 percent of the horse.
The Paulick Report is dated 3/19/14. It was the owner who upped the price to 15 mil, according to the report.
I looked it up and it was contingent on the Wood. There is an article in Bloodhorse about the 8 million offer on April 1 or 4. I quickly read it. In Paulick they talk about upping it to 15.
The higher amount was contingent on his next race performance, that I do remember. My bad on what race it was. Sorry.
Ignore my last comment, it is clear I should not stay up late and watch foreign racing.
Yes and supposedly the higher offer was contingent on the Wood Memorial and whether he won it or not. I personally thought the whole thing was fishy.
Bayern is a California super horse that turns out isn't very super when racing outside of California.... Get ready for California Chrome to eat dirt in the Derby.
  • vegasjim1952 · Get ready to tear up your tickets if you pass on this monster. Bayern is a good alw. horse at a mile nothing more. · 582 days ago
According to the Paulick Report on it, Sanchez was offered 8 mil which he declined- Sanchez then reportedly upped the ante to an unrealistic 15 mil counter offer along with the condition that the trainer stay on.
Exterminator, you said 15 million. Buckpasser, you can help him, I never saw offers of 15 mil
Cocoa. According to the owner, he had offers of that. It was reported on both Paulick and Bloodhorse, but I would take it with a grain of salt or more.
And Honor Code turned out to be injured. Please tell me what significance a front-running track record at GP has. After his allowance, Social Inclusion's people reported offers of many millions.
He beat Honor Code by double digits in track record time. Please direct me to where you saw offers of 15 million.
What about the Fla. "superhorse" Social Inclusion? He beat a messed-up Honor Code and was suddenly recieving offers of 15 million.
There are way too many CA super stars that do not deserve the title. At one time I said that of Zenyatta before she won the BC Classic, then I looked back at her races, who she ran with and what they done and I realized a couple of things. First and foremost she is a dead closer, very hard to be in CA. Second that she beat every horse that won a stake during the time that she did not run in those races and it did not matter how much she won by, just that she did it with a 20-30 second run. Others, the speed horses do it with a 30 second sprint and then a second 20-30 second sprint to the wire in mainly short fields or where they are fit or rested and the horses they run against are not fit and tired. Chrome is going to be doing a lot that he has never had to do and taking him between 8-5 and 5-2 is nuts. If he wins, so be it. Taking Bayern at his odds were ridiculous. If dan had not tried turf he would've been more like 4-1 yesterday and Bayern would've been 7-5 or so. But he has yet to run great in the stretch and really threw out the anchor in Ark Derby and I used him bc I had to yesterday but did not like him. He is a long sprinter that may get fit and win a route of some meaning in the future but I will look for him to cut back or stay at a mile. He is lightly run. Chrome has many a race under his belt and if he wins that will have a lot to do with it to go along with his feats. He is a fairly well rested horse and seemingly durable for one with so many races under his belt. I have not decided whether I am tossing him from my pick four yet as I also would not be surprised to see him run his race while a spped or two outgame him and a couple of stalkers and closers pass him and he runs a decent 6th or 7th. The super then will pay close to 6 figures. It is a hard bet as they offering it at 1 dollar instead of 10 cents as I read in a few places.
I guess I must be too, Buck. All Bayerd ever did was beat an INSANE Tap It Rich (who seriously needs to see an equine psychiatrist!) by 15 lengths.
I guess I'm getting too old, I must have missed Bayern's superstar staus.
their camera must be very high up and severely angled to the track. The operator really needs to check his scan rate as the photo appeard at too high a rate with the horses all elongated.
very close photo.
Myositis Dan ran a heck of a race. I really thought he got there. Still, he's a very nice horse.

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