BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Bayern won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by 5 3/4 lengths Saturday, with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome finishing sixth in his first race since June 7.
Ridden by Martin Garica, Bayern ran 1 1/8 miles in a track-record time of 1:46.96 and paid $9, $3.60 and $4. The 3-year-old colt is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.
West Virginia Derby winner Tapiture returned $5.80 and $4 under Rosie Napravnik, while Candy Boy was another head back in third and paid $4.20 to show.
California Chrome was making his first start since finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes, ending his bid to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. Victor Espinoza rode the wagering favorite, who drew the unfavorable No. 1 post position and got trapped down by the rail.
“They were like blocking in front of me, and it was hard to catch the other horse,” Espinoza said. “Sometimes the other ones don’t ride to win, they ride to beat horses.”
Art Sherman, who trains California Chrome, said the colt will return to his Southern California base and continue training for a possible start in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
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