Bodexpress breaks maiden with ease at Gulfstream Park West

October 14, 2019 01:40pm
Bodexpress breaks maiden with ease at Gulfstream Park West
Photo: Nicole Thomas/Gulfstream Park West

Bodexpress is a maiden no more.

The 3-year-old colt — known “for the reasons we don’t want him to be famous for,” as his assistant trainer put it — won Monday afternoon at Gulfstream Park West in his first start since tossing jockey John Velazquez at the Preakness Stakes break.

Under jockey Emisael Jaramillo, the Bodemesiter colt led at every call of a 1-mile, 70-yard second race, finishing up in 1:46.48 in a hand ride.

It was his first victory in eight career races for the connections of Top Racing LLC, Global Thoroughbred and GDS Racing Stable. Gustavo Delgado trains.

With two scratches, Bodexpress was off at 1-9 on a major class drop. Armando R finished three lengths back, and it was another 13 1/4 to Septemberten in third. Afleet Moment finished out the running order in fourth.

“The horse came into the race in good shape, but I think the horse was 70-percent. This race will help him,” said Jaramillo, whose comments were interpreted by Gustavo Delgado Jr., the trainer’s son and assistant. “He got tired a little bit. He was a little aggressive, but the trainer has done a lot of work with him.”

Fractions went in 22.79, 47.85 and 1:12.70 to open, with Bodexpress sharp from the break to out-gun his competition into the first turn.

Bodexpress, who before his Preakness antics was placed 13th in the Kentucky Derby, originally made an ambitious step up to be second in the Florida Derby (G1) — again, without a win. But his Sept. 16 maiden flight that preceded it looks especially strong now, as Bodexpress closed to finish a neck behind Shancelot, a top 3-year-old sprinter.

“We’ll take it step by step,” Delgado Jr. said. “Hopefully he comes back from this race in good shape. He has faced good horses before. The way I see it we can try anything.”


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