Updated on 07/18/2012 2:49PM

Bodemeister will miss Haskell due to temperature

Tom Keyser
Bodemeister will miss a planned start in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park due to a temperature.

The other shoe dropped on the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday when trainer Bob Baffert said Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister will miss the July 29 race due to a temperature.

This news came five days after it was revealed that Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags would miss the Haskell – and the remainder of the year – due to a suspensory injury.

Bodemeister was found to have an elevated temperature at Baffert’s stable at Santa Anita on Saturday and was treated with antibiotics.

The administration of the medicine will prevent a start later this month.

“He had a temperature, and we had to start treating him,” Baffert said. “It will set me back a couple of weeks.”

Baffert said it was unclear when he would be able to ship Bodemeister from Santa Anita to Del Mar, where the stable will be based for the rest of the summer.

“Hopefully, he’ll be down there by Wednesday,” he said.

It remains to be seen how drastically Bodemeister’s defection will change other trainer’s plans for their 3-year-olds.

Baffert could switch plans with Belmont Stakes runner-up Paynter and point him to the Haskell as opposed to the Jim Dandy. Justin Zayat, the son of Ahmed Zayat, who owns both Paynter and Bodemeister, tweeted that Paynter is now “probable” for the Haskell.

Wood Memorial winner Gemologist was being pointed to the Jim Dandy, but could be re-routed to the Haskell, trainer Todd Pletcher said. Since WinStar bought an interest in Bodemeister following the Triple Crown series, Gemologist was strictly being pointed to the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 28, so the two colts wouldn’t face each other.

“This,” Pletcher said of Bodemeister’s defection, “changes that.”

Pletcher said Sunday that Gemologist would work Monday at Saratoga, and he would then talk things over with WinStar president Elliott Walden.

Alpha, beaten a neck by Gemologist in the Wood, is training toward the Jim Dandy at Saratoga, a surface over which he won his career debut last summer. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Bodemeister’s defection could make the Haskell a possibility for Alpha or Le Bernardin, winner of the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth. Prior to Bodemeister’s defection, Le Bernardin was being pointed to the West Virginia Derby.

Hansen, the Iowa Derby winner, was being pointed to the West Virginia Derby on Aug. 4, but could be re-routed to the Haskell, trainer Mike Maker said.

“We put it under consideration,” said Maker, who added that he has spoken to owner Kendall Hansen about the possible change of plans. “We’ll probably make a decision in the next couple of days.”

Dullahan, seventh as the favorite in the Belmont Stakes, is a definite for the Haskell.

– additional reporting by Steve Andersen