Bayern Has Not Yet Been Retired

Bayern Has Not Yet Been Retired

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Although it was reported that 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern has been retired after his disappointing third-place finish in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday at Santa Anita, it seems that the speedy son of Offlee Wild might not be done just yet.

According to the Santa Anita Stable Notes for September 27th, trainer Bob Baffert has not shut the door on the possibility that Bayern could race again. “[Bayern’s future] is being evaluated right now,” Bob Baffert was quoted as saying on Sunday morning at Santa Anita. “We’ll know in a few days.”

After winning four graded stakes races in 2014 to stamp himself as a finalist for the Eclipse champion 3yo male and Horse of the Year honors, Bayern has failed to reproduce his best form this year, finishing off-the-board in three of his starts and third in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) and Awesome Again.

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