Fan favorite Bodexpress returns to the work tab in Florida

August 23, 2019 10:26am
Bodexpress, who etched himself as a fan favorite horse when going the Preakness Stakes' distance sans jockey John Velazquez, was back on the work tab Friday morning.

The son of Bodemeister clocked an easy half mile in 51 seconds at south Florida's Gulfstream Park West, where he's in the care of trainer Gustavo Delgado.

It could still be weeks and maybe months before Bodexpress is back in race shape, but he'll have plenty of options, including the maiden special weight ranks, upon his return. The colt is winless in his seven starts, though two of those efforts appear notably stronger over time.
First, back on Feb. 16, Bodexpress lost by just a neck to Shancelot, the unbeaten favorite in Saturday's H. Allen Jerkens (G1) at Saratoga. No other horse has finished within six lengths of the Jorge Navarro trainee.

Later in the Gulfstream Park meet, Bodexpress ran second to Maximum Security in the Florida Derby (G1). Of course, Maximum Security went on to be first across the wire in the Kentucky Derby, then reaffirmed his talent when winning the Haskell Invitational (G1).

Placed 13th in the Kentucky Derby, Bodexpress' moment in the spotlight came in the Triple Crown series' second leg, though it was much to the chagrin of his connections. Bodexpress bucked leaving the starting gate, threw the Hall of Famer Velazquez in the process and wasn't caught by an outrider until the second time by the wire having run in tandem with the Preakness field.

In subsequent interviews, Velazquez said the assistant starter in charge of having Bodexpress ready to leave the gate "wasn't ready," but stewards were quick to make the Preakness' result official on race day, leaving him as a starter and not refunding wagers on Bodexpress.

Bodexpress is campaigned by Top Racing and Global Thoroughbred in addition to Delgado's GDS Racing Stable.

 

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