Monday, April 30, 2012

Getting set for the Derby: Bodemeister

In the second installment of our Kentucky Derby profiles, we take a look at Bob Baffert's Bodemeister.

Bodemeister, named for trainer Baffert's son, Bode, who was himself named for U.S. ski standout Bode Miller, a close friend of Baffert, could be the sentimental favorite for the Derby. Popular trainer Baffert is recovering from a recent heart attack while in Dubai, after which three stents were placed to alleviate two clogged arteries.

Baffert vowed to re-evaluate his rigorous work schedule following the scare and many folks would be pleased to see Baffert win with this horse, who will have had three weeks rest after an impressive 9 1/2-length score in the Arkansas Derby.

Baffert really took his time with this horse, which didn't even run as a two-year-old. To catch up, Bodemeister has had three races as a three-year-old. He was second to fellow Derby contender Creative Cause after drifting out under the whip one-sixteenth from the finish in the San Felipe Stakes on March 10 and won a maiden special weight by 9 1/4 lengths on Feb. 11.

It's hard to think that a horse named for his son would not offer one of Baffert's best chances to win his fourth Kentucky Derby.


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