07/27/2014 5:09PM

Bayern gives Baffert seventh Haskell victory

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Tom Keyser
Bayern and Martin Garcia go wire to wire in the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell on Sunday.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - The Grade 1 Haskell did not exactly play out on the track as expected, but the results were certainly familiar as Bayern gave Bob Baffert a record-extending seventh win in the $1 million race.

On a warm, humid New Jersey summer afternoon, Bayern shot to the lead in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell before a crowd of 35,983, but surprisingly none of the other speed horses went with him. Wildcat Red was content to track in second, with Social Inclusion to his outside.

Unchallenged for command, Bayern, with Martin Garcia aboard, clicked off pedestrian fractions of 23.54, 47.66, and 1:11.16 over a track that later in the day seemed to be playing to speed. He readily pulled away in the stretch, geting a mile in 1:35.49 with a three-length advantage. He stopped the timer in 1:47.82 with his nearest rival 7 1/4 lengths back. He paid $11.40 as the second betting choice in the nine-horse field.

"I was pretty confident he could go the distance," said Garcia, who was winning his third Haskell, all for Baffert. "I went to the lead and tried to slow my horse down. Today he showed he could do anything."

All of the horses were on their best behavior in the paddock, but Social Inclusion, in post 6, became fractious once loaded in the gate. The 7-5 favorite, the filly Untapable, was right next to him in post 7. When the gates opened, Social Inclusion stumbled and Untapable broke inward bumping with him.

Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik were fanned at least four wide into the clubhouse turn. Untapable lacked the need closing kick when asked while still wide on the far turn and finished fifth, beaten 1 3/4 lengths for second.

"We didn't get away from there well," trainer Steve Asmussen said after the race. "It just didn't go our way."

After the race, Napravnik said, "The horse acted up in the stall next to us and we just didn't get away well, and then we were widest of all into the turn. This is the hardest I've ever asked her."

Albano, who was only a few lengths off the early pace while saving ground, finished willingly and was up to gain the place over Wildcat Red by one length. Wildcat Red held the show by three-quarters of a length over Irish You Well, who finished a head in front of Untapable. Social Inclusion, racing without Lasix today, faded to seventh.

At the post-race press conference, Bob Baffert said by telephone from California that he was unlikely to shorten Bayern up in distance for the seven-furlong King's Bishop as originally planned. Baffert said he would consider his options and speak with Bayern's owner, Kaleem Shah, before making any plans.

Bayern came into the Haskell off a 7 1/2-length win in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes Day. The Haskell was a Win and You're In race for the Breeders' Cup Classic this fall at Santa Anita and Bayern earned a fees-paid berth into the race

"This horse has shown signs of brilliance but maybe I rushed him a bit trying to make the Arkansas Derby in the spring," Baffert said. "We tried to slow him down in the past, but now we know we have to utilize his speed. He handled that pretty well today and the older he gets, the better he gets."

Baffert has won the Haskell seven times since 2001. Three trainers are tied for second, with three Haskell wins each: Todd Pletcher, and the late trainers Sonny Hine and Jimmy Croll.

*Total handle on the day was $15,952,611, the third-highest ever for a Haskell Day card and $3.4 million more than was bet last year.

sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
And people dismissed Bayern......
Edgar A. More than 1 year ago
What a shame to waste a Grade I event at a track like Monmouth...it's bit like watching a harness race on a half-mile track. However they line up out of the gate is the way they finish...take nothing away from Bayern, but that race was a disgrace to competitive thoroughbred horse racing
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
DelMar isnt? Gulfstream isnt? Santa Anita isnt? Best speed from the gate is the horse with the race to lose.
edb More than 1 year ago
Spot on sjm80s. They let him go and run his race without challenging him. Now he is Apollo again. Give me a break. It is just July and not Nov. One race does not make a career unless it is the Derby. Seriously doubt he will be in the money in the Classic and just might be in the Mile instead passing Social Inclusion in the stretch.
Big Woodys More than 1 year ago
Bayern is the best 3yo in the country followed by Shared Belief. Both of these horses would destroy California Chrome. This isn't the same Bayern as during the TC Prep season. He got hurt and Baffert rushed him. He is scary good now
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
I don't know if what you're saying is necessarily true. An experienced trainer won't use the words you're using and THEY live with those animals every day. Let them run on the same track at least once moving forward before using the word "crush".
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
The best 3 YO,s will be racing next month at Saratoga in the Travers Stakes and Shared Belief wont be there, a good 3yo he is but no way near the best...........
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Many years you would be right.This year you and your east-coast bias are wrong.So far the three best 3 year olds Chrome,Bayern ,and Shared Belief are from the west coast.Tonalist Belmont winner latida,Wicked Strong give me a break.All the big races are in California for the rest of the year.Wah,Wah,Wah.And after another Monmouth type slopfest back east it will be held out west the majority of the time.
mike More than 1 year ago
No way he beats Chrome.
Bob More than 1 year ago
How this horse ever got away at 9-2 in the Haskell I will never understand....I just wish I had been home and able to get a bet down. I incorrectly assumed that the wagering public would recognize him as the obvious winner and bet him down to 6-5 at which point I would have had no interest, but at 9-2 he was the overlay of the century!
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
You should've made millions! Good armchair quarterbacking. Lead pipe cinch winner yet you incorrectly prognosticate the odds and don't even have a wagering account or have no money in it to get even a small bet ( I'm thinking your usual is $2 ) on this incredibly massive overlay that you come here 3 days later to crow about. Thanks for the good laugh Bob.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Why wouldn't you have interest at 6/5 ? If the cinch he was ... Who turns down doubling their money. No one . Sure you're not playing the result here ?
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Exactly, Also what about betting exotics? He puts in all this time calculating and prognosticating and patting myself on his back in this forum but when the Haskell's about to run he's not home to catch the lock of the Century, guess he had better things to do? Maybe he had to take his girl took him to the mall to watch her buy shoes.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Interesting. Same # that dropped dead on his watch over a 16 month period.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
MOSLER
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
LOL
Mark More than 1 year ago
Very close to 3 year old debut. Working in stride with grade 1 donn handicap winner Lea. You sleep if you want . I'll be collecting coin. Lol
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
Seven's the lucky number. uck
riskit101 . More than 1 year ago
random question if drf had a forum would u join? I would...wish they had one...
mikey More than 1 year ago
Change the name to the Baffert Haskell.Every year he has some horse ready to win this race.
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
Whats will all the accusations of hate on this thread. I don't believe anyone hates Untappable. There is a difference between hating a horse and rooting for her to get beat. Especially when she was one of the best "bet against" of the year. Her hype his deserving against the 3 year filly division, but the hype that built up to her taking on the boys was nonsense. A washed out, bandages falling of his legs, off Lasix Social Inclusion would have done to 3yr old filly division what Untappable did. Common sens rarely prevails in this game and that is what present lucrative opportunities such as Bayern. I can't wait for the next over-hyped horse to come, so I can have another opportunity. And thats not hate. I love watching Untappable destroy the filly division and I think she is a genuine racehorse. Just not good enough to compete with the better 3yr old males.
jon g More than 1 year ago
She will also flop vs. older females. It's not hate. She was a great "bet against"
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
Yeah I don't think she's within three lengths of Close Hatches right now and lets see how she comes back.
flash gordon More than 1 year ago
Had no chance in haskell speed favoring track should have run in spa instead
Jimmy Pam Walker More than 1 year ago
BAYERN,s got game(reminds me of the DUDE)
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
You are correct. Neither has a chance in the Classic.
mike More than 1 year ago
Agreed!