08/15/2012 12:54PM

Bodemeister sent to Kentucky hospital for examination

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bodemeister has not had a recorded workout since July 8 at Santa Anita.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Bodemeister, the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in the spring, has been sent to a veterinary hospital in Lexington, Ky., for a physical evaluation, trainer Bob Baffert said on Wednesday.

“We sent him for a complete examination,” Baffert said. “I’m not happy with the way he’s been training.”

Baffert said that Bodemeister was “on his way” to the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on Wednesday. Results of the tests are expected in coming days.

Never worse than second, Bodemeister has won 2 of 6 starts and $1,304,800 for Zayat Stables. A colt by Empire Maker, Bodemeister won the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in April, his lone stakes win.

In the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, Bodemeister led by three lengths with a furlong remaining, but finished 1 1/2 lengths behind I’ll Have Another. In the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 19, Bodemeister again led by three lengths with a furlong remaining, but was caught by I’ll Have Another, losing by a neck.

Bodemeister has been with Baffert’s stable at Del Mar in recent weeks, but has not had a recorded workout since July 8 at Santa Anita.