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Bodemeister will undergo tests at Rood and Riddle

That didn’t take long. Only a few minutes after I broke the news of Bodemeister’s trip to Kentucky, “Bodemeister done for the year? A reliable source has informed me that he is due to arrive at WinStar Farm today,” Owner, Ahmed Zayat followed with this comment on Twitter, "Bode arrived at WinStar for diagnostic procedure. He has an appointment tomorrow at [Rood and Riddle] to tell us what's wrong with him."
Ahh the power of Twitter. I’m not sure if Mr. Zayat planned to let the world know of his star’s whereabouts at this time, but if my tweet prompted the transparency, then I’m glad.
Zayat went on to say, "No one here in [California] knows what's wrong with him."
So the bottom line here is that one of the most talented horses in the nation will undergo a diagnostic procedure this week at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington due to a yet to be diagnosed illness. Bodemeister is currently at nearby WinStar Farm, (where he will stand at stud in the future) and will ship from the farm to Rood and Riddle sometime tomorrow.

This leaves racing fans wondering what might have been. It was not that long ago that I’ll Have Another produced one of the most exciting editions of the Triple Crown’s middle jewel in years. We now have to live with the very real possibility that neither talented colt will ever race again after the Preakness.
It is a sad day indeed. 


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I agree, it is so discouraging for new fans who haven't become familiar with a wide variety of horses, all of the favorites and popular ones never run due to injury or illness.
I know a lot of people can't get interest in standardbred horses but they run week after week the good, bad, and ugly. I love the trotters.
You're exactly right illhaveanothertriplecrown, as a fan that just started getting into racing this year, it is very discouraging watching every horse I like retiring within months of each other!
This is the sort of thing that is killing the sport. The casual fans can't latch on to a horse for more than a few months. We need some horses to last a few years and create a following.
Just think in the next 5 years when we lookup the pedigrees while handicapping we will mostly remember the dam or sire as being a good horse with a very short career that ended in injury etc... now that's depressing.
Somethimes I think the o'l timers had it right. Trainers today aren't worth much and everything is about money and scams. It's not about the love of the sport, it's about how much money they can get. Lets go back in time when horse's were bred with quality and stanima. I rememeber looking at a horse's breeding and noticing sire names Mr. Prospector or Northern Dancer etc Those days are over and this is a sad day.
likin sparks and word, I find it more difficult every year to get excited about any 2YO's and even 3YO's. I find myself more and more getting into older mares and geldings - they seem to have longer careers to enjoy. Even if a good 3YO colt makes it through the season uninjured, far too many of them are whisked off to the breeding shed at the end of the 3YO year. :-(
it seem like every year is getting worst. This year I was behind UR and IHA but both are gone! It discourage me so much from the sports now.
2011 wasn't much better lost some really good ones due to injuries and illness.
This 3 year old class was very promising back in January and it's just been decimated by illness and injury. Hopefully Bodemeister will be OK and resume his career. Too many strong horses have went down in 2012. derbydeals.com
Retiring or being sold before the end because of the fiscal cliff plus the addition of the Obamacare surcharge on capital gains. Basically next year the rate will almost double which if selling this year could result in a savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars
I think we are going to see a number of horses retiring or beh
It started with that fever that was going through Baffert's barn. Hopefully Paynter's mystery isn't related to Bode's ailment.
I bet he doesn't leave WinStar.
  • AfterHours · I'm sad to say I agree. This has been a horrible year for great horses and him being one of my favorites, it's hard to be this new to racing (starting to truly follow it mid February) and watching all of my favorites go. Algorithms, IHA, Union Rags, Winter Memories, Awesome Maria and now possibly Bode. · 1986 days ago
Well he has to leave Winstar in order to get to Rood and Riddle I would expect. I'm trying to stay optimistic. Bode has never raced past the Preakness, and i cannot remember the last time a 3yr old retired w/o even racing half a season. Hopefully they find something, and it's both treatable and reversable. He may not make it back to the big time this year but if it is something small, that can be treated, hopefully we'll see him late late this year and next year.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

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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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