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.

 

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe the Derby and Preakness was too much, too soon. Bode had a pretty tough spring/winter. Hopefully he comes back next year.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
ive heard that junkies when forced to give up their meds when they can no longer get their fix go through withdrawl and end up needing medical help.not saying this is similar or the same ,but seriously with all the medication given to these racehorses is it any wonder they are unreliable.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
u got to hand it to Baffert for taking the appropriate action to make sure this really nice horse stays safe and sound! GOOD JOB MR. BAFFERT!
KissmeCatexoxo More than 1 year ago
Geez..if any more horses get hurt or knocked out, there won't be a Breeder's Cup.
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
wanna bet ?
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
Speaking of sick horses recovering, look for a possible Paynter-Gemologist rematch in the PENN Derby , Sept. 22. Paynter is back on the track and " doing well", and BB has mentioned the Penn D. (or JCGC) . and Gem is working at the Spa this Sunday and Tim Wilkin specs Gem is pointing at the Penn. Could be exciting if both are healthy. Edge to Paynter ?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
HAY OATS WATER. All in caps.
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
It all starts from day one. Hay, oats, water, proper upbringing and conditioning. That is why some horses get better later on in their 3yo year and some are spent. You can push them or you can raise them. There is a huge difference. Paynter and Alpha are both examples of horses with huge upside.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
breeding isnt a science if it was there be triple crown winners every yr serena song wnning colores silverbulletday surfside ladys secret azeri the list goes on they ev produced a derby or tripple crown winnner ! smartyjones om illgetalong was a 25k claimer
Liz Collard More than 1 year ago
I agree that a good horse can come from almost anywhere, breeding is a very in exact science. But for the record, I'll get along was no 25000 claimer. She was a multiple stakes winner, won 12and hit the board another 18 times in 39 starts. I took a great interest in her career as I broke her and had a winter in Camden with her and some time at D.P before she went to Camac.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
i have ben listining to u guys talk trash for yrs on horses trainer etc. i have watched bob bafferts career for yrs when was the last time the guy sreved a suspion ? when was he last time he had a horse not finish a race the guy isa class act he doe what is best for his horses he treats all his horses with there best interest first
Coniah Boda More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that you got on here and put these people in their place. The overwhelming majority of them have no freaking idea what they're talking about and it is very irritating. I'm guilty just like them of not having owned race horses and I haven't been to the race track as much as I've wanted, but I have followed Bob Baffert since the early 90's and he's always been an amazing trainer. This year especially, he's been on top of his game, and has been handling his horses better than anyone else in the game.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
He hasn't served a suspension because he fights any charges in federal court. Not many but he did fight a morphine charge suspension in court for almost five years before getting a positive ruling from the court forcing the board to toss the charge on a technicality. Now hit me with all those thumbs down for stating a fact. There is no evidence he puts the horse's best interest first. You're just not watching closely enough. There is more to this than getting a pass in southern CA and smiing into the camera for a cute sound bite and believing everything you hear on the surface without using your own logic.
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
I believe Baffert won the initial decision at the trial court, because blood samples had been thrown away and couldn't be tested. It was CHRB who appealed and got the dismissal overturned, this started the long winding legal battle that took almost 5 years.
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
actually meant blood samples destroyed not thrown away
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Actually I think he started out saying the horse was being given bagels with poppy seeds. Maybe it was a joke but he did say that. Then they used the defense that it was background morphine from natural sources. They continued to appeal losing all of them. They never asked for the split sample to be tested. However, once the split sample was destoryed as they all are after so much time, they then used the defense that they could not prove their innocence without a split sample to test. The court finally did agree with that and after almost five years the board was forced to toss the suspension aside. It's all out there to look up and research.
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
LOL Silly Baf thought he could blatantly use morphine and get away with it. Sarcasm, for the dull.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Calm down. Let's just do what's best for the horse. To hell with the rest. Granted, the sport will take another hit if Bodemeister doesn't continue on the track. So many racers, not just 3 year olds, have been retired due to injuries this year. Focus on the wonderful field of horses that continue to see action. May I suggest Game On Dude as an example.
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
Smart
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
hes a gelding
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
i listen to u people talk about horse racing like u all know whats best fr someone elses horses ! these are nice horses worth millions there not 50k claimers ! did any of u ever own a horses ? work backside of a track ? u al talk a good game but do any of u have a clue other than ready a racing form ? did u ever see a horse after a race ? none of u have a clue what it takes to get a horse to the races ! u cant inject horses with everything u think they can before races injecting joints isnt what u think it is
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
Deaf ears, my friend. Deaf ears. I wrote a looooooong disertation on the moronic comments here and the only thing that happened was that the DRF DELETED the post. Nic job Steve Crist the Coward!!
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
i hear u ! i worked with horses for yrs people need to get out from behid there computers and go to the races
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Why should anyone listen to any of your loooong disertations? You're the guy who said Paynter would absolutely run in the Travers. You said he would breeze last Friday in preperation for the Travers, the day he arrived at Belmont. You said he galloped last Monday pointing to the Travers when it was the first time he had a saddle on his back and only walked the shed row. It was clear there was never any intention of running him in the Travers, but you shouted insults, saying you knew for a fact he was because you were on the inside. Ha. If it was obvious to most that he wouldn't go, and you are on the inside then that means you either lack any credibility at all, or are the dumbest man alive. I think it's both. So, sorry but I won't be listening to your disertations.
DRFInsidePost More than 1 year ago
The post was not deleted, it's right there on the article where you posted it. Take it down a notch if you want to continue commenting.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
I have been around racing as an owner in racing and breeding. I have seen many horses pre race and post race. I have been around some of the biggest names in racing. If you think performance enhancing illegal medications are not used by some of the people you admire so much, and if you work around horses, then I don't know how you get any work done wearing a blindfold.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
u ever own a horse that won a grade 1 ?
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
every trainers vet thinks they have something that will make a horse run better every trainer vet uses something u are probably one of those people that think a buzzered wors on every horse to well u can use all he drgs u want if u cant train a horse so he can get fit it doesnt matter what u give them thay all use something it doesnt matter just becaus u drug a horse everytime doesnt mean he will win got out of the gameafter 30 yrs becus of people ike u who think they know everything
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Dude, sober UP!
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
Sorry Chuck, I cannot continue having a conversation with someone who uses u for the word you, yet cannot put u in the word drugs, and cannot seem to finish the word because. I don't know everything, but since you think I do, I will take your criticism as a compliment. Now go and sober upchuck.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
You asked a question and I answered it honestly. What would that have to do with anything you or I said? I assume by that statement that you have had a grade 1 winner. So you think that gives what you say more credence than other horse owners? So by your logic if you had multiple grade 1 winners than you could say with authority that trainers do not give horses pain killers or even at smaller tracks stand them in ice? If you had a Kentucky Derby winner than you could say with more authority that trainers never give horses any performance enhancing drugs? If you had a triple crown winner than you could say with complete and total authority that no trainer ever including well known ones have never ever juiced a horse? C'mon Chuck.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Hey chuck. Licensed trainer for 12 years. Assistant to multiple graded winners. MULTIPLE. SO I HAVE A CLUE..
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
thomas w cook is this u
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
last trained n04 rn your last horse at suffolk
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
last saddled a horse in 04 at suffolk
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
That's right. I got tired of winning and not getting paid. Tired of bad owners. Everybody wanted deals. So after leaving I came to New York. Couldn't afford insurance and bills with just one horse.. so I became assistant. Had one owner who is now training in Jersey who wanted to do some shady stuff. I said no. He stiffed me so I just figured it better to be hands on with the horses and let boss deal w the business of clients. Much less stress.Do I know you.??
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
just one more thing since you seem to be knocking my roots. I grew up around the racetracks where folks had to work on their horses and protect them. so i learned a lot more than most who just call a vet and run up an owners bill. my owners if you see my in the money percentages made money. w training costs in new england running aroun $1000 a month, i averaged that per start. so most would say that is a good thing. they made money... and the hands on skillsi learned their are respected by vets and horseman here..i never had any vilolations against me either. so you want to keep this up?? bc sprint,preakness,hopeful,athenia,classic, derby trial,mother goose,davona dale,diana,sword dancer,dwyer,remsen,...you getting this?
Michael Johnson More than 1 year ago
thanks tom from im from penn nat been aroud awhile small tracks big trainers lol i agree on what your saying i really do i just have a hard time exsplaining myslf i learned from the bottom up from the best people who showed how to keep a horse sound and safe with whatever ever was allowed by law bute lasix etc i used supplemets best equiment money can buy never pushed a horse never i took are of Win Wan he on 48 races 2nd all time in wins to Time TO Bid who had 50 the pushed him i told them to stopp but they wouldt he broke down i quit walked away
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Charles. You really believe that people don't inject horses few days before race. Come on buddy. I've seen it done.. by the top guys. they seem to think replenishing the synovial fluids somehow helps em perform better. then put them on legends to help the regevenation process coupled with adequan booster shots. some don't even do that. they just hit the poor horses with cortizone and let the joint socket dry out. do I sound like I'm making this up?
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
not knocking your roots looked u up on equibase thats all i did a little research on u wanted to see who i was talking with thats all im not knocking u we got off on the wrong foot im a good guy been around a while pleas dont take me the wrong way i love the equin athelte i really do love horses i know bob servideo lee hasen al burghardt from up there i dont hve anything bad to say about anyone please dont get upset u would understand me better in a fase to fase conforstion then this
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
jose marteniez came from up there heis and ha been at peen or yrs steve pagano josh hampshire rode up there to idont knock people
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
i have followed racing up there for yrs been aron along time never been thee but everyone i have met are good peopl lease dont take me the wrong way
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
no problem. I get a lil touchy sometimes. sorry. nice to talk with somebodt who knows a thing or two.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
sorry time that was from me mike is my son