Breeders' Cup Classic winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on the Santa Anita Park the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5 seconds.
On a blustery Sunday afternoon, another day of racing unfolded at Aqueduct Racetrack, far removed -- at least in terms of geography -- from the controversy that engulfed Santa Anita Park after the previous day's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
Reacting to strong criticism, California racing steward Scott Chaney explained the decision to allow the Breeders' Cup Classic win Nov. 1 by Bayern to stand in spite of obvious interference at the start.
Lane Gold breaks down horses that have the best chance to win the Breeders' Cup Classic this weekend at Santa Anita. He sees California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, as a smart value.