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Bayern wins by 15

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In a supposed showdown between two promising sophomore colts from the barn of Bob Baffert, only one looks ready to join the 2014 Kentucky Derby trail. While Tap It Rich came to a gunfight armed only with a butter knife, by once again flaunting more of his hard to handle ways than his talent, a bright new star may have been born in Kaleem Shah's Bayern. Now perfect in two starts, the son of Offlee Wild forced his name into the hat of California’s top three-year-olds, along with Candy Boy, Shared Belief, and California Chrome, by treating his stablemate and three others with utter disdain.

Away smartly from the one-hole, Bayern went right to the lead with little urging from his Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens. He felt a little pressure briefly from Brother Soldier on the backstretch, but it was just a matter of time before Bayern kicked clear again, and entered the turn with a rapidly growing advantage. From there, only the final margin was in doubt, as Bayern cruised through six in 1:11.77, and to a final time of 1:35.77 for the flat mile. The erratic and headstrong Tap It Rich was held together well by Mike Smith to finish second, but second by a whopping 15 behind the winner.

From the unraced Thunder Gulch mare, Alittlebitearly, Bayern was a $320,000 two-year-old purchase last May at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic in Timonium. He was pegged as the 3-5 choice today over the 13-10 Tap It Rich on the strength of a sharp Maiden Special Weight score at Santa Anita on January 4. The 3 ¼ length victory, going seven furlongs, earned a solid Beyer figure of 92. That number is sure to be eclipsed by today’s impressive performance.

Objectively, everything went as well as could have been dreamed of for Bayern and his supporters. Not only did the main challenger take himself out of serious contention with his antics, but Brother Soldier became much less of an early pace bother, by breaking poorly. Having said that, Bayern certainly looked good opening up his advantage with every stride down the Santa Anita lane. No doubt stakes racing and better competition are in his immediate future. 


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sorry about the many duplicates. I have cujo on a leash.
Not far. It's fun. It just needs some sprucing up, maybe. They have it looking nice for opening day in the Fall. Grass is greener then.
how far from turf paradise??/ is it nice??
No, y'all, I don't. I live in Phoenix. From Connecticut, many years ago.
hey maryz do u live in ky.????
I know.
lol maryz
idk, is it rude to hit on the hottest chick at Turfway?
tell me why i annoy u sully?
when were u at turfway sully???
hi sully why u pickin on me this morning thats not me u met at turfway. im not fat either lol cheer up sully sounds like someone shit in your wheaties this morning. i like u as a friend dont change that plz
Wanted to punch that Larry the Cable Guy looking * in his face so bad that day. And if it was you, and you say otherwise, I remember how quickly he was to recant his stupid ass statement when I gave him a look and said "WTF you talking about, I lost many buddies over there." Hope it wasn't you.
Hey Buzzcat, you're not by any chance that fat redneck dude I met at Turfway with my Marine vet buddy that said, "well, thank god you didn't lose any buddies over there" while trying to hit on our wives, are you? I doubt you'd even remember if you were that guy, but you seem just as annoying.
will be very interesting to see who Stevens picks in May, he is holding a very strong hand right now.
I need to see him beat something a lot better then he did to even consider him in the Derby.
baffert is due for another derby..and this looks like his best chance at least at the moment
His pedigree is really good.
Mediocre field, two that really ran lousy and need a lot of gate works, and the only thing that helped was Stevens aborard. He won't have Gary in the Derby for sure, and I'm staying not impressed.
SHH! I want good odds on him!
  • huddygoodjob · Was in Vegas watching this buddy wanted to lay a future down on this guy but wanted to wait til after the race...some where between 9am and directly after the race Bayern's Wynn future odds went from 75-1 to 40-1...secret is out on this guy. But don't see him winning at a 1 1/4. · 1374 days ago
going to the GATE you could tell the main propsed competition was not going to show up

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