Bayern ran on California Chrome’s return to the races today at Parx Racing/Philadelphia Park. Bayern the Haskell Invitational winner, quickly jumped out of the gate and took command over a strip that had been speed favoring all day. Bayern got the opening quarter in 24 seconds, and that was all she wrote. From that point on Bayern enjoyed a comfortable lead, and opened up to win by 5 3/4 lengths. Bayern set a new track record in the process. He got the one mile and one eighth in a sharp 1:46.96. Bayern rebounded from his disappointing Travers Stakes effort. The much anticipated return of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes Champion was not to end with a trip to the winners circle on this Saturday afternoon in Bensalem, PA. The strapping son of Lucky Pulpit broke well from the rail and tracked Bayern along the inside. Jockey Victor Espinoza urged California Chrome as they approached the far turn, but he did not respond with his usual explosive burst of energy. The whip was out in the stretch, but no ground was to be made up today against Bayern who was in total command from the start. California Chrome flattened out at that point and settled for a disappointing 6th place finish in his first race back since the Belmont Stakes. Tapiture came in behind Bayern in 2nd place, and it was a head back to Candy Boy in 3rd place. And right behind them was CJ’s Awesome and Noble Moon who dead-heated for 4th place. Pennsylvania Derby Chart
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