Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 3rd 2014 Contents ARCADIA---Bayern won the $5
million Breeders Cup Clas-
sic by a nose from English-
trained challenger Toast of New York,
surviving a stewards inquiry prompt-
ed by multiple horses bumping near
the start of Saturday s race.
Trainer Bob Baffert had to wait,
along with a crowd of 61,114 at Santa
Anita, to confirm that he had finally
won North America s richest race after
failing in 12 previous tries.
"It s been so long waiting, I was like,
Lord, you can t take it away from me
now, " said Baffert, who has won just
about every other big race in the sport,
including three Kentucky Derbies. "I
couldn t breathe the last 20 yards."
The two-day world championships
concluded with trainer Chad Brown
claiming three victories, while trainer
Wesley Ward had two. European horses
earned just one victory, with French-
trained 30-1 shot Karakontie in the $2
"To be here and enjoy the week like
we did and walk away with three win-
ners is a dream come true," said Brown,
who is based in New York.
The Mile surprise was one of four
upsets Saturday. The biggest came in
the $2 million Juvenile Fillies, with
Take Charge Brandi kicking off the
nine Cup races with a 61-1 upset for
79-year-old trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Jockey Mike Smith extended his
record for Cup victories to 21 with a
win in the Filly & Mare Sprint with
Judy the Beauty---the only favourite to
Three of four favourites won on
opening day Friday.
In the Classic, Bayern ran 1 1/4 miles
in 1:59.88 and paid $14.20, $8 and
$5.20 at 6-1 odds.
Toast of New York returned $18 and
$10.80. Kentucky Derby and Preakness
winner California Chrome was another
neck back in third and paid $5.40 to
Shared Belief, the 5-2 favourite co-
owned by sports talk host Jim Rome,
was knocked off his game at the start
and finished fourth, ending his unde-
feated streak at seven.
"I think it cost me the race," Smith
said of the early tangle. "I was never
able to get comfortable after getting
hit at the break."
The inquiry involved the first four
finishers, with their numbers flashing
for several minutes on the toteboard
as the stewards reviewed the video.
The start of the race was a wild one,
with some of the horses in the full
field of 14 bounced into each other
like bumper cars at the county fair.
Luckily, no one appeared to get hurt.
Bayern, with Martin Garcia aboard,
came over sharply on Shared Belief
out of the starting gate. That forced
Shared Belief into Moreno, with Travers
winner V.E. Day getting squeezed.
"Mike said he got hit really hard and
that slowed him down, then the whole
field came over on him and Moreno
was getting out on him," said Alex
Solis II, co-owner of Shared Belief.
Garcia said: "There was nothing I
could do. I corrected right away."
Several strides later, as the horses
were scrambling to settle in for the
run past the grandstand, UAE Derby
winner Toast of New York smacked
Whitney winner Moreno.
"The nine horse, Toast of New York,
probably came over and did more dam-
age 100 yards out of the gate," Baffert
said. "The nine was doing more crush-
ing back there than we did."
Out of the chaos, Bayern emerged
with the lead, appropriate since he is
usually the fastest horse away from
"If you try to slow him down, he s
just not effective," Baffert said. "If he
was a football player, he d be in the
SEC. I mean, he is fast."
Candy Boy was sixth, followed by
Cigar Street, Zivo, Imperative and
Footbridge. V.E. Day was 11th, followed
by Prayer for Relief, Majestic Harbor
Bayern s two previous biggest wins
of the year were in the Haskell Invi-
tational and Pennsylvania Derby. He
missed the Kentucky Derby and fin-
ished ninth in the Preakness.
He turned the corner with an
impressive win in the Woody Stephens
on the Belmont Stakes undercard,
starting a run of four stakes wins in
his last five starts.
Bayern s victory likely denies Cal-
ifornia Chrome champion 3-year-old
honours, and places him squarely in
the running for Horse of the Year.
"We don t vote, but we re proud of
our horse," Baffert said. "He came
through on the big day, and that s what
matters. That s why they call it the
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Adrian Heskin appears to
have escaped serious injury
after he suffered a fall for a
second day running at Cork
Heskin was stood down
for the rest of the meeting
after the jockey was un-
shipped from Safe Exit on
the way to the start ahead of
a maiden hurdle over two
and a half miles.
It was bad luck on the
rider as he had won the pre-
vious race on Martello
Tower for his new retainer,
owner Barry Connell.
Heskin went to Cork Uni-
versity Hospital to have X-
rays taken for a possible lung
issue, believed to have been
sustained after a fall from
Sophie s Work at Down
Royal on Saturday.
But the jockey said: "I m a
bit sore, but they (the X-
rays) were 100 per cent fine."
His agent, Garry Cribbin,
expects his client to be fit
enough to return to action at
Fairyhouse on Tuesday.
Cribbin said: "Knowing
Adrian, he wouldn t want to
be sitting out for too long."
Heskin buoyed by X-ray results
Bayern gets nose
in front for Baffert
Jockey Martin Garcia, right, rides Bayern to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race past Jockey Victor Espinoza on
California Chrome, left, Jockey Jamie Spencer on Toast of New York at Santa Anita Park, Saturday. AP PHOTO
"I think if we keep
working hard, we will
do well in the playoffs
and make it to the
Newest addition to
T&T s senior women s
on this country s
chances to securing its
first ever Fifa Women s
World Cup spot.
Call: 623-8870 (Ext:
2213, 2711, 2212, 2192)
III won gold at the
ming World Cup in
Singapore yesterday in
the men s 50m freestyle
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