08/21/2012 2:19PM

Bodemeister retired with shoulder injury; will stand at WinStar

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Barbara D. Livingston
Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister retires with a record of 2 wins and 4 seconds in 6 starts.

Preakness runner-up Bodemeister has been retired to stud at WinStar Farm after veterinary examinations at the Rood and Riddle equine hospital in Lexington revealed an injury to one of the major muscles in his left shoulder.

“Bodemeister has a peripheral nerve injury which caused atrophy of the infraspinatus muscle in his left shoulder,” Dr. Larry Bramlage said, according to a release the colt’s connections issued Tuesday afternoon. “Obviously, this made us look at something unusual, rather than a normal lameness. His legs are perfect, but he was clinical when jogging to the left. After ruling out neck issues with X-rays and a myelogram, we feel confident in the diagnosis.”

Bramlage estimated the problem would require 60 days to heal.

Bodemeister’s trainer, Bob Baffert, said in the release that the colt probably sustained the injury “a couple of weeks ago” while in training at Del Mar, when he stumbled “significantly” and tossed his exercise rider.

“He was just never quite right after that, and we couldn’t figure out what was going on with him,” said Baffert. “It’s unfortunate. We wanted to win the Breeders’ Cup with him.”

Bodemeister will remain in rehabilitation at WinStar in Versailles, Ky., through mid-October before the farm makes him available for breeders’ inspections, according to the release.

In late June, WinStar partnered with Zayat and Michel and Tiffany Moreno to stand the 3-year-old Empire Maker colt. Zayat bought Bodemeister at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale for $260,000, and the Morenos purchased a minority interest in the colt in late April, before Bodemeister headed into the Derby as one of the classic’s leading contenders.

Bodemeister hasn’t run since his second-place finish to I’ll Have Another in the Preakness. He had been pointing for the July 29 Haskell at Monmouth but Baffert withdrew the colt from consideration, saying he had developed a fever. Instead, Baffert saddled Zayat’s Belmont runner-up Paynter to win the Haskell. Although Bodemeister had shipped to Del Mar with Baffert’s stable this summer, he had not had a published workout since a July 8 spin at Santa Anita, and his connections sent him to Kentucky earlier this month amid widespread speculation that the colt had run his last race.

Bodemeister leaves racing with $1,304,800, two classic placings, and a Grade 1 victory to his credit. His 9 1/2-length win over Secret Circle in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby earned him a 108 Beyer Speed Figure and made him the favorite for both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Bodemeister also finished second, three-quarters of a length behind Creative Cause, in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes this year. He was unraced at 2 and scored an impressive 9 1/4-length victory in a Feb. 11 maiden special weight at Santa Anita. Bodemeister retires with a record of 2 wins and 4 seconds in 6 starts.

Audley Farm in Virginia bred Bodemeister from the Storm Cat mare Untouched Talent, a graded winner and Grade 1-placed runner. He is the mare’s second foal and her first to race.

WinStar will announce Bodemeister’s stud fee later.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
After the rumors from last month that we might have seen Bodemeister's last race, coupled with the fact that the deal had been struck a month before that that Mr. Zayat had already come to an agreement with WinStar on a breeding deal for Bodemeister, it's not entirely a surprise Bodemeister is retiring, but I did think we would get to see him in a Breeder's Cup race before they retired him. And because we won't see him race again, that saddens me. Bode was part of the fabulous, and for me, legendary rivalry between I'll Have Another & Bodemeister that brought me a lot of joy and happiness this year. The I'll Have Another/Bodemeister rivalry sent the heart racing, left you breathless, and with the word "Wow!" tripping off of your lips after the race was over. I'm going to miss Bode, and I wish him a lot of good fortune in the future. He's a very fine race horse, and it's too bad we won't get to see more of him racing. I can't help but feel that Paynter may be the next to retire, with the all of the owners of great, extremely talented 3 year olds seemingly in a contentious race with each other to retire their horses at the most money for breeding purposes. The rash of early retirement and breeding this year is both upsetting and irritating. The fantastic crop of top-tier, 3 year old horses that emerged from California this winter, with I'll Have Another, Bodemeister, Creative Cause & Paynter leading that talented pack, are all being taken away from us, one by one - from the very racing industry and fans that need their star power the most. All of these horses, along with the east coast's Union Rags, brought a resurgent excitement to a racing industry in the United States this year that badly needed exciting heroes to root for. Not only our top male horses, but our top fillies as well are being early retired this year. We have had a rash of top three and four year old fillies retired as well this season. It's a little perplexing and makes me sad to see all of these great horses with so much wonderful potential being robbed of their chance to go down in the record books along with the champions of yesterday, when the industry was run differently, and training and breeding methods were approached differently. The rash of injuries is alarming, and points to there being something very wrong in how fragilly the horses are bred today. It's a disservice to all of these fine, noble horses to breed them in this way. The owners and the breeders need to collectively step and and do better, for the horses' sake and for the industry's sake as well. In fact, the change in breeding tactics is what is at fault in all of this, and it is ironic that the top of the second tier of 3 year old horses that is left to race in our top stakes races this year are the horses that started maturing late in their third year or even the beginning of their fourth year of age, and did not reach their racing peak at age two, which is what our short-sighted breeders are breeding toward as a goal. Horses peaking later, which is what our owners and breeders should be aiming for in the first place, along with breeding for more stamina in their lines along with speed, is what is what they should be doing to preserve the horses' health and improve the industry . As long as the owners and breeders continue to not wise up, and insist on stubbornly remaining greedy and short-sighted, the more of these early retirements we are going to see, and the more rapidly we are going to see this industry further decline. It's unfortunate. I now await the announcement of Paynter's retirement, because the way things are going, that cannot be far behind. Here's hoping Mr. Zayat can be patient enough to let Paynter run in, and win, a Breeder's Cup race before he retires him.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
peoplel need to stop crying like little ******! theres a million more bodes and hansens etc. out there waiting to go through the breeders mill. watch.......I bet next years 3 yo crop gets decimated just like this years. its the fastest and easiest way to get them in breeders mill again. get ready for more whining!!
stevejPS More than 1 year ago
Youre right. Sad but true. Baffert and Pletcher between them already have about 50 of those babies waiting to be sacrificed next year
Robert More than 1 year ago
IHA Union Rags Bodemeister followed shortly by Paynter The whole breeding industry is disgustingly corrupt, showing absolutely no responsibility to the sport.
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
OMG. The magnanimous Bodegreatness has been retired??? What a magnificently great record, 2 wins and 4 seconds. Gosh, how can they do this? This is like retiring Secretariat!!! LMAO
theabegarcia More than 1 year ago
You're an idiot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bodemeister was poised to be the next breakout superstar. The one this industry sorely needed. I can understand retiring IHA and Hansen due to tendon injuries, but Bodemeister is being retired because the owners simply don´t want to wait for SIXTY days to let the horse continue his racing career. This is BS, absolute BS. Want to know why the only thing keeping horse racing alive is the racino? It is because owners realize they don´t need to HAVE a moral obligation to the fans who used to support the industry previously anymore. I am not talking only about the bettor. I am talking about the father who used to take the wife and kids to the races, have lunch and spend a beautiful afternoon basking in the sunshine and being close to these magnificent athletes. Now, they don´t care because they (the owners) know that the casino will pay to prop up their INVESTMENT.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
By the way, I posted that.....don´t know why it says "Anonymous", My nick is Panama Stallion
Bonnie Moore Lamb More than 1 year ago
We put much on these good horses to early. The derby should be for 4yr old. Now we lost 2 great horses so soon. Is this sending out a message or what
Coniah Boda More than 1 year ago
Amen! How about the fact that a four year old is considered an "older horse" ? It's utterly ridiculous. There has to be some major changes to not only make the sport better, but also protect these young lives. Way too much is asked way too soon!
DrSmoke120 More than 1 year ago
Nothing to do with too much too soon. The breed has been wrecked by letting lame, unsound shooting stars like Bodemeister propagate. You had three triple winners in the 70s and they all raced more before November than a horse like Bode did in his career. How do you call a horse like this even remotely "great". The great ones are obvious by what they accomplished in a career that spanned more than a 24 hour news cycle.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
I would never send any mares to a stud with a five month career and two lifetime wins.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Bodemeister had a "heart" injury.
rail rail More than 1 year ago
the consequences of horses been pumped full of drugs all the time, then off to stud and pass on their defective genes to the next generation. its a serious detriment to the thoroughbred, which can only get worse
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
I think we all are reading this wrong,,mabye baffert is sending his son bode to stud??????
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He's just as mature as the Colt... There lies the problem.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
very funny...sadly your right,,,horse racing is built upon a fan base but the owners have their own agenda which is money and one cant blame them but they forget the reason they are even in the game is due to the fan base,,which is dwindling year after year and america is in a recession but not for the rich.