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Nov 07, 2014

Bayern hangs on to win Breeders' Cup Classic

By: SPORTS NETWORK


Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bayern, trained by Bob Baffert, set the pace and held on down the stretch to capture Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic to conclude the 31st World Championships at Santa Anita Park.

The 1 1/4-mile Classic brought together 14 of the best thoroughbreds including undefeated Eclipse Award winner Shared Belief, Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ California Chrome, Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist and Haskell champ Bayern.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, Bayern broke sharply from the gate but came into and appeared to bother 5-2 favorite Shared Belief along with V. E. Day and Moreno.

Bayern had the lead from the start and was being pressed by 18-1 longshot Toast of New York and California Chrome, the 4-1 co-second pick. Shared Belief was racing sixth as the field went up the backstretch.

Bayern continued on the lead into the stretch with Toast of New York and California Chrome to his outside. The three 3-year-olds drove through the stretch as Shared Belief and jockey Mike Smith tried to join the battle.

Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bayern was able to hold off Toast of New York and California Chrome, and win by a nose. California Chrome was a neck back in third. Shared Belief gained some ground to finish fourth.

The track stewards posted the "Inquiry" sign after the finish to determine if Bayern had interfered at the start of the race. No action was taken to change the order of finish.

"This was missing from my resume," said Baffert after winning the Classic for the first time.

Completing the order of finish were co-second pick Tonalist, Candy Boy, Cigar Street, Zivo, Imperative, Footbridge, V. E. Day, Prayer for Relief, Majestic Harbor and Moreno.

The time for the Classic was 1:59.88, the fastest time since Raven's Pass won in 2008 when Santa Anita had a synthetic main track. That time was 1:59.27.

Bayern earned $2.75 million for the victory. The colt has won six of 10 career starts for $4,389,680.

Bayern defeated California Chrome for the second straight race. Bayern won the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20 when 'Chrome' finished sixth. Earlier this year Baffert's horse won the Haskell Invitational and Woody Stephens Stakes.

Bayern returned $14.20, $8.00 and $5.20. Toast of New York paid $18.00 and $10.80, and California Chrome paid $5.40 to show.

Flaxman Holdings and trainer Chad Brown each had two wins Saturday.

Flaxman Holdings registered wins in the $3 million Turf with Main Sequence and the $2 million Mile with Karakontie.

Trained by Graham Motion, Main Sequence, the 6-1 third pick in the Turf, held off 3-1 second pick Flintshire to win by a half-length. The 5-year-old gelding, ridden by John Velazquez, made his fourth winning start since coming to America from Europe. He previously won the United Nations, Sword Dancer and Turf Classic Invitational.

Stablemate Karakontie won the Mile to become the first horse other than two- time Horse of the Year Wise Dan to claim the race since 2011. Karakontie was bred in Japan and raced in France for trainer Jonathan Pease.

Brown, who won Friday's Juvenile Fillies Turf with Lady Eli, saddled Bobby's Kitten in the Turf Sprint and Dayatthespa for the Filly & Mare Sprint.

Gaining a place in 2015 Kentucky Derby talk was Texas Red, who rallied down the stretch to capture the $2 million Juvenile.

The win was put together by the Desormeaux brothers, co-owner and trainer Keith and jockey Kent. The 2-year-old colt, a 13-1 longshot, outdistanced his 10 rivals to win by 6 1/2 lengths and stopped the timer at 1:41.91 for the 1 1/16 miles.

Take Charge Brandi, a 60-1 longshot, won the companion $2 million Juvenile Fillies which began the second day of the Breeders' Cup. Also posting championship victories were Work All Week in the $1.5 million Sprint and Judy the Beauty in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint,

The 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships will for the first time be held at Keeneland.



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