Baffert, Bejarano Earn Honors as Top Trainer and Jockey
ARCADIA, Calif., (Nov. 2, 2014) – Headed by Classic winner Bayern, the Breeders’ Cup dominated Santa Anita’s 2014 Autumn Meet Media Poll, earning honors in most categories, including Horse of the Meet and Race of the Meet.
Bayern, a 3-year-old colt owned by Kaleem Shah and trained by Bob Baffert, was named Horse of the Meet by virtue of his thrilling gate-to-wire nose victory in the $5 million Classic, holding off the stretch-long charges of runner-up Toast of New York and Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, who was a neck behind Toast of New York.
“We’re very proud of Bayern,” Baffert said. “He showed what he can do on a big day. He put it all together. He’s won the Classic and other major races. He did it on the big stage and he ran hard. He wasn’t going to let Toast of New York past him.”
Bayern also was named the meet’s Outstanding Three-Year-Old, and the mile and a quarter Classic was named Race of the Meet.
Baffert won three races on closing day to give him 14 for the meet, edging Jerry Hollendorfer and Leandro Mora (13 each) for training honors, and was named Trainer of the Meet. It was Baffert’s 30th Southern California training title.
Rafael Bejarano was a front-running winner of the jockeys’ race, 28-22, over runner-up Joe Talamo. It was the 20th crown for Bejarano in Southern California.
Other winners were Dayatthespa, winner of the Filly & Mare Turf, Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare; Main Sequence, who remained unbeaten in four starts in the United States by capturing the Longines’ Turf, Outstanding Grass Horse; and Work All Week, who won for the 12th time in 15 career starts to take the Sprint and Outstanding Sprinter honors.
Winners in other categories were two-time Zenyatta Stakes winner Beholder, Older Filly or Mare; Emollient, winner of the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes at 1 1/ 4 miles on turf, Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare; and back-to-back Dirt Mile winner Goldencents, Outstanding Older Horse.
Kent Desormeaux’s remarkable recovery from five fractured ribs and a bruised lung the 44-year-old Hall of Fame rider suffered in a post parade mishap on Sept. 28 was named Achievement of the Meet. Desormeaux resumed riding one month after the incident and in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile piloted Texas Red, trained by his brother, J. Keith Desormeaux, to a 6 ½-length victory.
It marked the first time in the 31-year Breeders’ Cup history that brothers combined to train and ride a winner.
J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, was the meet’s Outstanding Owner by virtue of his six victories.
Gal Has to Like It, a 5-year-old gelded son of Werblin owned in part and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, was named Claimer of the Meet thanks to back-to-back victories at the $16,000 level after being claimed at Del Mar for $12,500. The Florida-bred bay was ridden each time by Drayden Van Dyke, who was named Apprentice of the Meet.
2014 SANTA ANITA AUTUMN MEDIA POLL
Horse of Meet: Bayern
Older Horse: Goldencents
Older Filly/Mare: Beholder
Grass Horse: Main Sequence
Grass Filly/Mare: Dayatthespa
3-Year-Old Filly: Untapable
Sprinter: Work All Week
Claimer: Gal Has to Like It
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Rafael Bejarano
Apprentice: Drayden Van Dyke
Race: Breeders’ Cup Classic
Owner: Reddam Racing, LLC.
Achievement: Desormeaux Comeback