Undefeated morning-line favorite Bayern has been withdrawn from Saturday's Grade 2 San Felipe because of a bruised hoof, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Thursday afternoon.
"Bayern out of San Felipe," Baffert tweeted. "Bruised inside quarter. Was looking forward to seeing him run Saturday. Be OK soon."
The news was first reported by TVG's Simon Bray, who tweeted that the colt was "battling a bruised inside 1/4 per text from Bob Baffert."
The TVG Researchers provided further information via Twitter:
"The issue is not considered serious and Baffert said they are looking for a new prep.
"Per text from Baffert, Bayern will train up to the Santa Anita Derby (April 5) or Arkansas Derby (April 12)."
Two-for-two so far, Bayern was last seen crushing a Santa Anita allowance by 15 lengths, considerably enhancing his profile on the Kentucky Derby trail. The $320,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic purchase was to make his eagerly-anticipated stakes debut in the San Felipe, where he had been installed as the 8-5 favorite.
The razor-sharp California Chrome, originally pegged at 3-1, could now take over favoritism in the 1 1/16-mile affair.
Baffert will still be represented in the San Felipe by Midnight Hawk, the winner of the Sham who was most recently third in the Robert B. Lewis. He will renew rivalry with Kristo, the Sham runner-up.