Baffert colt could be Derby bound after win by 15

The Associated Press

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Bob Baffert-trained Bayern won the $58,000 feature race at Santa Anita on Thursday in a runaway 15-length victory that could have the 3-year-old pointed toward the Kentucky Derby.

Jockey Gary Stevens said the heavily favored Bayern ''exploded'' when urged at the eighth pole in the mile feature.

Bayern finished in 1:35.770 for his second victory in two career starts and pushed his earning to $68,400. He paid $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10. Tap It Rich returned $2.40 and $2.10, and Brother Soldier paid $2.20 to show.

Baffert, who saddled the last of his three Kentucky Derby winners in 2002, said Bayern's performance is the kind that ''gets your hopes up,'' but wants to make sure the colt gets plenty of rest after the romp.