Baffert terms Bodemeister brilliant after gallant Derby effort
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Despite the sting of finishing second in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), trainer Bob Baffert found no fault in the fantastic effort the Zayat Stables colt turned in for the 1 1/4-mile classic.

“He was doing it easily. He was within himself. He was being pressed, but he’s a brilliant horse,” said Baffert. “That’s the way he wanted to run. We talked about it before. I told (jockey) Mike (Smith), ‘Look, if he breaks great and feels like running, we can win it.’ 

Mike rode him perfect. I have no complaints there. We got beat. You get beat. But he showed up and that’s all a trainer can ask for is that his horse shows up on the big days, and he showed up. I was really proud of him. He’s a super impressive horse.” 

Bodemeister was very composed in the paddock and post parade, and came out to the lead almost immediately. Baffert was referring to the speedy Trinniberg pressing him, but he began to fade after six furlongs. Bodemeister held the lead until inside the final eighth mile, when I'll Have Another took the top spot. 

Baffert talked Preakness (G1) the morning after the Derby, but the jury is still out on whether he will make the trip.

“He (Bodemeister) looks pretty good, but he’s not going anywhere right now,” Baffert said. “He’ll stay here and I’ll come back in a week and see how he looks. I’m just going to let him tell me if he’s ready, just like I did with (2010 Preakness winner) Lookin at Lucky.

Despite the sting of finishing second in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), trainer Bob Baffert found no fault in the fantastic effort the Zayat Stables colt turned in for the 1 1/4-mile classic.

“He was doing it easily. He was within himself. He was being pressed, but he’s a brilliant horse,” said Baffert. “That’s the way he wanted to run. We talked about it before. I told (jockey) Mike (Smith), ‘Look, if he breaks great and feels like running, we can win it.’ 

Mike rode him perfect. I have no complaints there. We got beat. You get beat. But he showed up and that’s all a trainer can ask for is that his horse shows up on the big days, and he showed up. I was really proud of him. He’s a super impressive horse.” 

Bodemeister was very composed in the paddock and post parade, and came out to the lead almost immediately. Baffert was referring to the speedy Trinniberg pressing him, but he began to fade after six furlongs. Bodemeister held the lead until inside the final eighth mile, when I'll Have Another took the top spot. 

Baffert talked Preakness (G1) the morning after the Derby, but the jury is still out on whether he will make the trip.

“He (Bodemeister) looks pretty good, but he’s not going anywhere right now,” Baffert said. “He’ll stay here and I’ll come back in a week and see how he looks. I’m just going to let him tell me if he’s ready, just like I did with (2010 Preakness winner) Lookin at Lucky.

Expensive Tiznow colt graduates in style title=
Tiznow

Expensive Tiznow colt graduates in style

Tour de Force was just that on the Fair Grounds turf in his maiden special weight win on Jan. 15, winning comfortably by 2 3/4-lengths...

[read more]

Gemologist colt scores at first asking at Santa Anita title=
Gemologist

Gemologist colt scores at first asking at Santa Anita

Following a solid series of workouts over the past two months, Gemologist's Aquamarine came away a two-length maiden special weight debut winner Friday at Santa Anita Park...

[read more]

$1.3 million More Than Ready colts tops Magic Millions sale title=
More Than Ready

$1.3 million More Than Ready colts tops Magic Millions sale

A yearling More Than Ready colt and full brother to Grade 1 winner Sebring (AUS) topped the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale with a winning bid of A$1.3 million...

[read more]

Reynaldothewizard works magic once again in Dubawi S. title=
Speightstown

Reynaldothewizard works magic once again in Dubawi S.

Making his first start since last March, the incomparable 11-year-old son of Speightstown Reynaldothewizard captured the third straight running of the $175,000 Dubawi S. Thursday at Meydan...

[read more]

Bodemeister colt realizes $195K Tuesday at Keeneland title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister colt realizes $195K Tuesday at Keeneland

Bodemeister had one of the top-selling yearlings during Tuesday's session of the Jan. 9-13 Keeneland Horses of All Ages sale when a colt brought a winning bid of $195,000...

[read more]

First foal is a filly for G1 winner Daredevil

First foal is a filly for G1 winner Daredevil

WinStar Farm’s Daredevil, More Than Ready’s winner of the Champagne S. (G1) at two, sired his first reported foal on Tuesday when a filly was born at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, NY...

[read more]

Multiple G1 winner Constitution sires first foal

Multiple G1 winner Constitution sires first foal

WinStar Farm’s Constitution, the multiple Grade 1-winning son of Tapit, sired his first reported foal Monday night when a filly was born at Crestwood Farm in Lexington, KY...

[read more]

First foal is a filly for Commissioner

First foal is a filly for Commissioner

WinStar Farm’s Commissioner, A.P. Indy’s last Classic-placed son to retire to stud, sired his first reported foal on Jan. 5th when a bay filly was born at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, KY...

[read more]

Congrats filly earns Eclipse Award nomination title=
Congrats

Congrats filly earns Eclipse Award nomination

Congrats' multiple Graded stakes-winning filly Haveyougoneaway was named as a finalist for the 2016 Eclipse Award as Champion Female Sprinter...

[read more]

Classic Empire finalist for 2YO Eclipse Award title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Classic Empire finalist for 2YO Eclipse Award

For the second time from his first four crops Pioneerof the Nile has the favorite to earn an Eclipse Award in the 2-year-old male category...

[read more]