01/10/2015 8:07PM

Bayern bothered by quarter crack

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Susie Raisher
A quarter crack may prevent Bayern from making next month's San Antonio Stakes.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The first start of 2015 for Bayern, the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, is in flux, due to a quarter crack, trainer Bob Baffert said on Saturday at Santa Anita.

 Baffert said Bayern missed a scheduled workout on Saturday morning because he has been dealing with a troublesome hind foot, which began following the Classic.

 “He popped a quarter crack after that race. We had to patch it,” Baffert said. “And now with the rain, I’m just going to have to be patient.”

 Baffert initially had penciled in next month’s San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita as the first start of the year for Bayern. The possibility of making that race is now in jeopardy, though California Chrome and Shared Belief are expected to run in that spot. Bayern’s owner, Kaleem Shah, has said that his main goal for the first part of the year was the Dubai World Cup at the end of March.

 Bayern won the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1. After a month off, he had four works, all at Santa Anita, on Dec. 11, Dec. 19, Dec. 27, and Jan. 3. He was due for his fifth work Saturday morning, but Baffert said he had only jogged Bayern in recent days while Baffert tries to get the foot to a satisfactory stage.

 Bayern had a foot issue last spring that prevented him from running in the San Felipe Stakes after winning the first two starts of his career. He came back blazing, especially the second half of the year, winning four of his last five starts, including the Classic and the Haskell.

 Bayern is a finalist for Eclipse Awards as both champion male 3-year-old, and Horse of the Year. Those winners will be announced next Saturday.

Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Just go to Dubai. The horses running on the dirt are so inferior, poor Outstrip running in the Maktoum challenge Rd 1. This carnival just turned into one. At least the Sheena classic and the Al Quiz sprint are still running....
Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
Love Bayern, love Shared Belief, CC and Hoppy. Hope they stay healthy and I pray they can compete without any headline making news: true or unfounded. Support the Disabled Jockey Fund this year.
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Howard Schwartz More than 1 year ago
Baffert does not give his horses any drugs. Not EPO not anything. I dont know who yo HEAR about beatings from but that is nonsense.
mike More than 1 year ago
So Howard how do you explain the seven horses that dropped dead under Bafferts watch,who were given a drug for thyroid problem while none suffered from that disorder? It was featured on HBO Sports.
Brian Rich More than 1 year ago
Probably that sometimes stuff happens. http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/02/sports/la-sp-dwyre-kentucky-derby-20130503
mike More than 1 year ago
Yeah right
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Tommy since you're so brave online with your aspersions, I wonder if you can actually show up at the track and say these things with your proof. You better pray that no one at home is pointing baseless fingers of accusations at you for your MOST loved ones to hear. Now imagine THAT? You would need a rock under which to hide. ;-)
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I think BAYERN got chills up his crack when he realized he would be facing CALIFORNIA CHROME and SHARED BELIEF again without the possibility of doing the mugging again.
homers More than 1 year ago
Hoppertunity will beat both CC and SB in the SA Derby
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
wow really....i willing to bet it wont happen....not in the sa derby.
russell More than 1 year ago
I don't think so homers. None of those horses can run in the SA Derby
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
Beating Blue Tone, Appealing Tale and Big Cazanova is a bit different than facing SB and CC. Nice horse, but a long fused grinder. Santa Anita Handicap seems like the spot you are referring to.
tommy More than 1 year ago
The number 10 horse who came 2nd to hoppertunity is an amazing horse and will beat hoppertunity next time out. Anyway hoppertunity has no shot against California chrome as we seen last year
Meghan Reinhart More than 1 year ago
I don't think so homers. Considering Hoppertunity, Chrome, and Shared Belief are now 4 yr olds. Derbys are for 3 YEAR OLDS.
mike More than 1 year ago
You're dreaming.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Hoppertunity will be a Post parade warm up for either CC or SB...
Melann Johnston More than 1 year ago
I hope that Bayern can get healthy and racing again!! Thank God it is only a quarter crack and nothing more serious. A little rest and some healing he will be back.
Scott More than 1 year ago
I was so hopeful for a healthy and happy 2015. One down (for now), hopefully, we'll at least get to see Shared Belief and California Chrome meet sooner rather than later. History screams that the odds of last year's big three all staying in training and meeting more than a couple times this year was long indeed, but dang, we were getting close to the first meeting and it was looking good. I think the fact that all 3 horses were located in SoCal made me believe that it might actually be a horse racing fans' dream come true this year. When have the agreed upon best horses in the Nation lined up like this coming into a year?!
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
I love Bayern and wish him a speedy recovery from his quarter crack issues,the same injury that hampered Big Brown..praying for the best! ...Is Bayern as talented as Shared Belief and Chrome?....maybe not,but they apparently both lack his guts and huge heart...those two attributes usually trump talent.If and when those three meet again...still advantage Bayern!!..my choice for Horse of the year!
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I admire and appreciate Bayern, too. Is he really that good? I don't think he's the HotY, but wouldn't be surprised. And what is up with the quarter cracks? Is it the hard tracks? Some people think it was caused at the start of the BC, I don't know if I agree with that. Fast front-runners, especially Baffert trainees, and others, too, have problems with their hooves.
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
Ive seen them all...he just barely beat a 70-1,Conquest Two Step in the grade 1 Malibu last month and waved a white flag when "the little Dude" bumped him at the start of the Classic.
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
sorry Hail No,was responding to Kalahehe
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Shared Belief hardly waved the white flag in the Breeders Cup.Most horses that got wiped out at the start and steadied again would not finish 4th by a couple lengths,they would have folded like Bayern in the Preakness and Travers Stakes.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
No prob, Mike, but if I may, 70 or 170-1, SB got the job done. CTS made SB earn that win, that's what good horses do, get the job done, as SB did, cutting back to 7Fs, which is a great trainer move, imo, look out for his next route, he is loaded for bear..
Richard Kalahele More than 1 year ago
Shared Belief "lacks guts"??? Apparently you've missed his races.
Brad Hewitt More than 1 year ago
Hi Richard! ... long time. I agree completely. I expect Shared Belief to show his grit and class in 2015.
ghost2_ More than 1 year ago
Get well soon, Bayern!
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Echo that..
Richard More than 1 year ago
ANOTHER WAY FOR BAFFERT TO HIDE FROM CC!!!SLICK WILLE AT SANTA ANITA...
homers More than 1 year ago
stupid comment. Baffert destroyed him 2 races back and CC had the perfect trip in the classic and still could not pass Bayern. Bayern > CC
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
This is what blogs are for. Wise AND stupid comments! lol