08/21/2012 1:19PM

Bodemeister retired with shoulder injury; will stand at WinStar

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.