Bayern is bang up to win 47th Haskell
07/27/2014 6:40 PM
07/27/2014 8:08 PM
Oceanport, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The combination of trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia once again proved unbeatable as 3-year-old colt Bayern defeated leading filly Untapable and posted a dominating victory in Sunday's 47th edition of the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
Baffert registered his seventh win the 1 1/8-mile Haskell while Garcia notched his third in as many mounts at the New Jersey shore track.
Bayern, the 9-2 second pick behind 7-5 favorite Untapable, broke sharply from post 2 and took the lead as the field went under the wire for the first time.
Baffert's colt, who is owned by Kaleem Shah, set the pace with very little pressure from his eight rivals. Untapable, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, was racing off the pace in fifth from the middle of the track.
"She didn't get away well at all, and was never in position to win the race the way the track was playing today." the filly's trainer Steve Asmussen said.
Believed to be just a sprinter, Bayern left nothing on the track as he pulled away from the field and posted a 7 1/4-length victory to secure himself a spot in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic.
"It's so exciting. I was hoping he'd be able to get the mile and an eighth," Baffert said from California. "Gary Stevens, after he rode him last time, said 'you have to let him route again. He'll just keep going.'
"We tried to slow him down in the past, but now we know we just have to utilize his speed. I didn't think he'd do it as devastating as that. It looks like he has it all together now. The only concern is that he needs to break."
Finishing second was 11-1 longshot Albano followed by Wildcat Red, Irish You Well, Untapable, Just Call Kenny, Social Inclusion, Encryption and Medal Count.
The time for the Haskell was 1:47.82 on a fast track with 35,093 people attending.
The Haskell for the first time is part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" series, with the victor getting an automatic berth to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.
Bayern won for the second straight race and fourth in seven lifetime starts. The Haskell victory was worth $600,000 to bring the colt's career earnings to $1,077,680.
Coming into Sunday's start, the colt's big win this year came in the seven- furlong Woody Stephens Stakes on the Belmont Stakes program. He won that stakes by seven lengths.
Baffert previously won the Haskell in 2001-02, 2005 and 2010-12. Garcia rode Haskell winners Lookin At Lucky (2010) and Coil (2011) for the Hall of Fame trainer.
Bayern returned $11.40, $7.20 and $5.00. Albano paid $10.80 and $6.60, and Wildcat Red paid $5.40 to show.
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