Updated on 07/18/2012 1:49PM

Bodemeister will miss Haskell due to temperature

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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

unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
Now one day later BBaffert tweets that Paynter is set for the Haskell, and A.Zayat says Bodemeister is "looking great ' at Del Mar. Onward.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Anybody heard anything about ATTIGUN he'd be an interesting horse right about now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well as for me I hope there is a good field for the Haskell. It juices up the betting possibilities
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
Bob Baffert has just tweeted that Paynter 'will run in the Haskell, WVA Derby, or Jim Dandy and then the Travers. I just have to figure out how to get him there'. lots of moving parts in the next six weeks.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
cut back on the fever inducing "proteins"
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
wonder if BB's inclusion of WVA Derby is designed to mess with Hansen who has already semi-committed to WVA on Aug. 4 ?
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
why don't you tweet Bob and ask him about Blueskiesandrainbows, thats a nice speedster thats not being talked about at all.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Bodes breeding rights have been sold to Win Star Farms. So why would you risk life threatening injury and 13 million. Would you risk Lebron James to injury in a meaningless game if youve alredy mede the playoff...NO! you play him sparingly the first 3 quarter and he sit a majority if not all the fourth.. He'll run only twice more this year before being retired The first race will be a prep race the second will be the Breeders Cup Classic for 5 million.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Good thing them boys on the backside got their mares to Bode before he gets on the van...
stevejPS More than 1 year ago
I hate to throw shade and even drag on this debate, but "..a fever was sweeping the barn" (Baffert) ??! Really? Has anyone been following the results at Hollywood Park these past couple of weeks?? You SURE wouldnt have thought it!!
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
it was just an injection of humor
stevejPS More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry Grass. I'm English. We have no humor
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
As for top who are the top two or any number of colts in the nation right now, who knows? Once the Jim Dandy and Haskell races are completed I have a very good idea who will emerge to the top of the class, should be a very exciting time in two weeks with an interesting cast of characters, usual suspects and one special one, if sound and health, to come into his own at true and worthy "Gem"
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Whats the fun in guessing who the best colts are after the fact? Gemologist will need one to see where he'll be. Wasn't that fast in the Wood, but should get faster going into the second half.
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
RMR, "gem" will be running in the top races right off the bench and if he is as good as he was in early winter at GS in his first race after his impressive grade-2 win at CD in late Nov, which was as fast as UR and Hansen in Breeders Cup race two weeks earlier, he will be ready to stut is stuff. In all his races, which he won, except KD, where he was injured he was fast and won, fast enough to win, that is the mark of a special horse, who can andknows how to win, that is what he had done and I believe will continue to do if he is healthy, that is my point, speculation now.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
You're pretty high on this colt huh? Think he's gonna blow away the competition in his first race back? Gee I hope more people think the same as you. Gemologist is gonna run where Paynter isn't trust that, he's gonna avoid the top horses, and if he does win his first race back, I'll surely bet against him again to get smoked in the Travers.
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
No I do not think he isgoing to blow away the others, just win, by a nose or 10 lengths he knows how to win if he is healthy that is a fact past and I believe future, I hope many bet against, although, I really don't care, better odds if one wants to make $$$, I do. Your avoid comment or theory is a total waste of time and space, enjoy the races, time will tell, I am open to ideas.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
your ego sounds hurt. You sound like a good person and I hate giving good people bad news.
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
You are right about one thing, I am a good person, but lost my ego years ago and don't miss it at all..as far as horse racing advice goes, "bad news"? to be determined after the races/fact, nostradameus aside, I don't "hate" either, just enjoy life and attempting to win races, against the odds or with them, believe me as far as "gem" goes the one fact that will become so obvious in his next few races, there is so much more, I truly believe, in his tank, untapped...he played with alpha in stretch of Wood, sometimes intelligent horses and people get bored.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
exactly! Alpha looked exciting against Gemologist when you watch the Wood Memorial live. But if you watch the replay, you'll notice that Gemologist just toyed with him.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Not until after the Travers. Many stylish Haskell and Jim Dandy winners had come back to crash and burn going one more panel in the Travers.
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
Justin Zayat has just tweeted me to confirm that Paynter has avoided the fever that 'swept thru the SA barn' (said BB) that got Bodemeister. So Paynter should be shipped east soon and be good to go.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
go paint a house
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
your constant anger,arrogance and gratuitous nastiness are polluting this forum. time to become a positive human being.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Dude enough with the fever crap. You say the same things over and over, you knock me for touting Paynter, and now thats all that you comment on. Now suddenly you're buddy's with Mr Zayat? Theres no anger or nastiness here, just putting you on blast for your hypocracy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dude you sound like a painter go paint a house. Remember that? before you jumped on the Paynter bandwagon you wrote that,
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Bode's done You don't miss a race three races out because of a fever. Unless he hasn't been in training and has been relaxing check on his workouts and maybe that'll tell. If he's training well, he should be able to do well, but he's probably feeling the effects of the Triple Crown Campaigne and owners will probably retire this guy and get some of that Breeding money. He has a 109 Beyer which was the best amounst his 3yo rivals. If IHA was retired, CC on extended rest, Dullahans dud in the Belmont, Went the day well's dissapearing act in the Preakness. The Pace of the Derby and the strenuous stretch run in the Preakness have left the top horses feeling the effects of the campaign. The race has turned out to be a key race (Derby) as Triniberg came back to win, and Union Rags came back to win Belmont. But Triniberg lost next out on his home track, and UR got hurt. The writing is on the wall, and is typical of a Derby season. The Top Two Colts in the nation right now are TEETH OF THE DOG and PAYNTER going into the second half because both have gotten to compete against the top Dogs right at the begginning of they're careers. They're not overraced and have plenty of upside. Hansen is still out there but given his outstanding run in the Iowa Derby he too should succum to the strenuous season and lose in the Haskell.
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
RMR, don't agree with most of your analysis, first off if Winstar bought "Bode" unless he is injured, physically, he will be running, just a matter of when, second your top two choices for top colts in the nation right now? They are good but not the best, there is no mention, just about anywhere, and believe me that does not concern me one bit, as just when you win a big race at good odds, you are not in the stream of how most think, in life as well, anyway, "Gemologist" will be back on the radar very soon, remember he was undefeated, grade 1-2 winner and got injured in KD and I feel would have blown away the field if he was healthy and still be undefeated TCW, so now time will tell if he wins his next race it will be no surprise to me and I do expect it, given an even playing field/track with no obstructions, if he doesn't, I will be wrong, and then if no excuses, next time. This guy is for real, just as JC smiled at me the other day when I mentioned his name to him at DP, really excited about his next race, Haskell or Jim , I predict it will be a "Dandy"! and also hope he gets to run at least against your top two, has all the racing "fine dining" ingredients to be a gourmet, but healhy meal for all of us to relish and share........take it all in folks.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Excuse me but last I checked Winstar is a breeding operation as well. They were quick to retire Super Saver after his Derby, and it makes breeding sense to buy bode. "you are not in the stream of how most think, in life as well" don't know what the hell thats suppose to mean, but if you're referring to playing this game, yes I agree. I don't think like most people (thank god for that), when analyzing these colts, cause most people read the BS propaganda about horses then claim to be experts instead of reading between the lines. Gemologist being injured in the derby falls in line with how the whole KD horses are going. They're all dropping like flies. He'll come back to the races but I wouldn't consider him a top colt based on the Wood Memorial which was a slow race. He beat TOTD that day but the latter has improved since then and Gem has some catching up to do. As far as comparing Gem to Paynter they'res no comparison Paynter is much better. The other colt I didn't mention is Nonios out west which i like alot. I'll give you an apology if Gem beats Paynter head to head. I spoke personally to Dale Romans before the Belmont and came away feeling Dullahan was gonna romp, but it was not to be. Not putting Gemologist down by a long shot, and Teeth needs to do his thing around two turns but lets see what he does comming back. I forgot to mention another colt which is Nonios out west he has some upside as well.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Blueskiesandrainbows, and Attigun. Two other colts I'd take in front of Gemologist.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
If you don't know something, why don't you just ask? It is very common for race horses to miss a race after they spike a temperature. That's because they couldn't combine anti-bleeding medication, anti-inflammatory and other drugs with the medication that they have to give them to treat the fever. No medication, no race. That's all. Go for the next one when they can go back to their Popeye's brew.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Why would he need medication, if all he was was tired after the Preakness. Yes he would need medication if something was wrong. Baffert says he may miss workouts due to the fever and not be ready. When did this horse start training for the Haskell a week ago? Bode would've been in traiing at least for a month before this happen, and if not, he's feeling the effects of the campaign. ZAYAT does not like to lose, races or money so why would he sell this colt. The writing is on the wall dude wake up this show is over.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Zayat has always said Paynter is the better colt, now he sells Bodemeister? Paynter is the one been saying so since before the Belmont.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
There are very limited disclosure rules for racehorses. The trainer rarely tells you something right away, sometimes not even to the owners.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Went the Day Well out for the year now see? The Derby has affected the top finnishers.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Whatever special supplements give to his star route horses, the main side effect is that they tend to spike a fever. In recent years, we have seen it happened to Lookin' at Lucky 2 or 3 times, Plum Pretty, Coil, now Bodemeister. And they all tend to be routers only, sprinters don't get this special brew.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
are u a vet G? u sound very educated in this field.
stevejPS More than 1 year ago
and theyre all Baffert horses. Was that a point you were also making?
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
No it has happened to other trainers too, they just don't announce it as often, sometimes they even run them regardless. Pay attention to race day changes. Whenever they announce on race day that a horse's performance data has changed to no adjunct medication or no anti-bleeding medication, 95% of the time is because the horse recently spiked a fever. For example, Baffert chose to run Lookin at Lucky in the 2010 BC Classic despite him spiking a fever a week before. This fact only came out a few weeks after the race, but one could have picked it up when Trevor Denman announced on the track's PA system several times regarding today's changes/scratches that Lookin at Lucky was racing without adjunct medications.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Ok with that being stated use your noggin to sort out that Info. He didn't announce Lucky had a fever because he wanted to run him. He does announce Bode has a fever, but doesn't run him instead sells him. He looks bad to the press if announcing a horse has a fever and runs, he looks good if he announces horse has a fever and doesn't run. Why would he run? for the money. Why would he not run? for the money due to a sale. Find another Show, this one has been cancelled.