Bob Baffert wins his 7th Haskell Invitational as Bayern goes wire to wire in the 47th edition of the Monmouth Park staple

OCEANPORT – A capacity crowd at Monmouth Park was poised to see a dominating performance at the Haskell Invitational and got one, but not from the favorite.  Bayern led from wire to wire to claim the 47th edition of the Grade One, $1 million dollar race giving trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh Haskell victory.   Owner Kaleem Shah’s horse gets an automatic spot in the Breeder’s Cup with the Haskell victory.


Jockey Martin Garcia gives the thumbs up after his ride on Bayern


Untapable, with New Jersey native Rosie Napravnik on board, was a 1-1 favorite at post time but finished 5th in the nine horse field.  Bayern went off at 9-2 and paid $11.40 for the win, $7.20 to place and $5.00 to show.  Albano finished second with Wildcat Red in third.


Untapable and trainer Steve Asmussen prior to the start of the Haskell


Jockey Rosie Napravnik following Untapable’s 5th place finish in the Haskell