Pennsylvania Derby and The Cotillion Stakes

Saturday September 20, 2014: Parx Racing


The day before: Friday gallops and paddock schooling

California Chrome, the first Kentucky Derby winner to also run in the Pennsylvania Derby, is the center of attention as he heads to the Parx track for his morning exercise the day before the big race.
Classic Giacnroll is one of seven horses that will challenge Chrome on Saturday. The son of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo is trained by Lisa Guerrero.
Exercise rider Willie Delgado and groom Raul Rodriguez accompany the California-bred colt.
Haskell and Woody Stevens winner Bayern waits for his turn to gallop.

After Friday training hours on the track end, Derby contender Tapiture (left) and Cotillion favorite Untapable, both trained by Steve Asmussen, school in the paddock.

Race Day

The Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies


Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable arrives at the paddock. At left is assistant trainer Scott Blasi.
Martin Garcia will ride the Bob Baffert-trained JoJo warrior.
House Rules has faced several of the other Cotillion contenders but is seeking her first graded-stakes win. She is trained by Jimmy Jerkens.
Sweet Reason, winner of three grade1 stakes races, is a daughter of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. Leah Gyarmati trains her.
Joint Return is part of John Servis's stable at Parx.
Frankie Pennington has the mount on Vero Amore, the longest shot in the race.

Start of the race: from left, Untapable, Little Alexis, House Rules, JoJo Warrior, Sweet Reason, Cassatt.
Untapable, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, wins the million-dollar Cotillion Stakes. Sweet Reason was second and JoJo Warrior (#7) was third.

The Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby for 3-year-olds

Fans crowd the stairs and press against the rail of the walking ring to get a look at Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome.
Candy Boy, a John Sadler trainee, enters the paddock.
Bayern awaits his rider, Martin Garcia.
Tapiture has his tattoo read by the horse identifier.
Noble Moon, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., joins the post parade.

As the race begins, Martin Garcia takes Bayern straight to the front. CJ's Awesome and California Chrome are next, followed by Protonico (red cap).
CJ's Awesome, ridden by Edgar Prado, stays just to the outside and slightly ahead of California Chrome (Victor Espinoza up) throughout most of the race.

Bayern, who led wire to wire, wins the one and 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby, beating runner-up Tapiture by 5 3/4 lengths. Candy Boy was third; California Chrome finished sixth.

Bayern heads to the winner's circle with his owner, Kaleem Shah (right).
California Chrome heads back to the barn with Willie Delgado and Raul Rodriguez.
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