Monday brought significant developments regarding the Preakness
field. While trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Bodemeister for Saturday's middle
jewel of the Triple Crown, he ruled out Liaison. Hansen, Hierro and Isn't He Clever all
likewise passed on a trip to Pimlico. But Daddy Nose Best entered Preakness
calculations for Steve Asmussen.
Baffert got his first look at Kentucky Derby runner-up
Bodemeister since the morning after the "Run for the Roses" Monday at Churchill
Downs and liked what he saw from the colt's 1 1/2-mile gallop around a muddy
"He looks good, his coat is good and he is eating well," Baffert said after
the colt completed his activity under exercise rider George Alvarez. "I see no
reason not to take him (to Baltimore)."
Owned by Zayat Stables, LLC and Michel and Tiffany Moreno, Bodemeister ran
some of the fastest fractions in the 138-year history of the Kentucky Derby and
did not surrender the lead to I'll Have Another until just before the