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Bodemeister scares off speed from the Preakness

All it took was just one look. Citing his good looks, the health of his coat, and his healthy appetite, trainer Bob Baffert made the decision that many were hoping for this morning by saying yes to the Preakness for Zayat Stable’s prize sophomore colt, Bodemeister
“I see no reason not to take him (to Baltimore for Saturday’s Preakness),” said Baffert.
This morning was the first chance the multiple Preakness winning trainer had to see the son of Empire Maker since the morning after his strong second place in the Derby. With exercise rider George Alvarez in the irons, Bodemeister turned in a 1 ½ mile gallop over a muddy Churchill Downs’ oval that clearly pleased his camp. 
Owner Ahmed Zayat did not attempt to check his emotions this morning, saying “All went perfect as planned. Very happy and healthy colt, Go Bode Go!!”
While the news was good for his connections, as well as his many fans, the addition of the colt who threw down some of the fastest early fractions ever seen in the Derby, was not as welcome to some. 
It did not take long for the trainer of Hansen to announce their colt’s plans … and it does not include the Preakness. Mike Maker said Monday that the 2011 Juvenile Champion Hansen would not be running in Saturday’s big race at Pimlico.
“He is not going,” Maker said of the ninth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby. “That would be coming back a little quick.”
While Maker did not mention Bodemeister, it would be easy to imagine the decision being different if the romping winner of the Arkansas Derby had decided to skip the Middle Jewel.
Maker indicated that Hansen likely would be pointed to the Grade 2 Woody Stephens at seven furlongs as part the Belmont Stakes undercard on June 9.
With Hansen out, and the wise decision earlier from Team Trinniberg that their speedy colt would not run, the question remains … who is going to run with Bodemeister now? Something tells me I'll Have Another’s task just became a whole lot tougher. 


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i am a big fan of bode and iha;; but after two monster efforts , i say bode has a bounce in this race;; i still like iha to win but i am very wary of cc and wtdw;; jmo
IHA has been under- estimated all along;;; this colt is still fresh;; the kid jockey will navigate another winning trip;; i gave up on mike smith after he blew the zenyatta trip;; good luck all
No, Mary ... Bode's HQs won't be touched ... they'll just get further and further away from CC's view.
This race will be the 3rd time in last 4 races that Bode gets run down in the stretch. 3rd place for Bode and CC & IHA finish 1-2
This could be the perfect trip for him just like Game On Dude over in Dubai...bet him silly. ;-)
Why's that? Will Bode's hindquarters be spanked away?
Creative Cause will have a front-row view of Bodemeister's hindquarters, which will get smaller and smaller as the race goes on.
Im gonna have to go with Bodemeister- I think he gets away setting a little slower pace than in the Derby and has alot left in the tank at the end. I kinda wish they would have sat this one out with Went The Day Well- I think he should save up for the Belmont . i think he would love the distance
If you can get 9/5 on Bodemeister take it and run because you just stole money. Better yet make a triple or super with him on top. This is going to be the Arkasas Derby all over again with a smaller margin of victory.
ur dreaming, this is the best bet in horse racing
Creative Cause will be right behind Bode and CC will win the Preakness!
Lone speed in the race. You know the saying.
I think Went The Day Well can stay with Bodemeister.
You are right! It did get tougher.

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A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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