Bayern is the ultimate all-or-nothing horse. When he gets an unchallenged lead, he's a world-beater, as he proved last year in the Haskell, Pennsylvania Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic. When he doesn't, he finishes up the track, as he was in the Preakness and Travers.
His 2015 debut for trainer Bob Baffert was a dud. Bayern broke slowly and finished last of six, 12 lengths behind Private Zone ($7.40), a front-running, 4¼-length winner of the Grade I, 7-furlong Churchill Downs Stakes on Saturday.
"He was done at the half-mile," jockey Martin Garcia said. "He didn't handle the track at all, he didn't like it.'"
Finnegans Wake wins
Finnegans Wake ($9.40) won a three-horse photo, getting up by a head in the Grade I, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. Runner-up Sky Captain was disqualified and placed fourth for interference in deep stretch. The time for 11/8 miles on firm ground was a quick 1:47.24 . . . Competitive Edge ($4.60) is 4-for-4 after a 4½-length runaway in the Grade III Pat Day Mile for 3-year-olds. Todd Pletcher trains the colt, whose time of 1:34.18 broke a 46-year-old stakes record in the race formerly called the Derby Trial . . . Dame Dorothy ($7.20) edged 2014 champion female sprinter Judy the Beauty by a neck in the Grade I Humana Distaff for fillies and mares. It was Pletcher's fourth stakes win in the past two days.