By Dick Downey
Updated 5:15 p.m. ET
Bayern, the presumptive favorite in the San Felipe Stakes this Saturday, has been declared a scratch by trainer Bob Baffert.
Baffert made the disclosure to TVG analyst Simon Bray via text on Thursday afternoon. The colt has a foot bruise.
"Bayern probable scratch this weekend. Battling a bruised inside 1/4 per text from Bob Baffert," Bray reported via Twitter. "Also per text...hearing the bruised 1/4 not too bad. May train up to Santa Anita Derby or head to Oaklawn."
The reference to Oaklawn could be in relation to the March 15 Rebel Stakes. The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn is set for April 12. The Santa Anita Derby is scheduled for April 5.
Baffert later tweeted, "Bayern out of San Felipe. Bruised inside quarter. Was looking forward to seeing him run Saturday. Be ok soon."
Entries for the San Felipe closed Wednesday. Bayern, a son of Offlee Wild, was to carry an undefeated, two-race record into the contest, including a 15-length romp in his second start. Gary Stevens was named to ride.
The defection would reduce the San Felipe field to nine. With Bayern taken out of post 6, Kristo, Schoolofhardrocks, Midnight Hawk and Recanted would each move one post closer to the rail.
The morning line for the San Felipe has Bayern at the 8-5 favorite.
The colt was included in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 last weekend and closed as the sixth most-bet horse at 17-1 among 23 individuals.