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Updated on 07/18/2012 1:49PM
Bodemeister will miss Haskell due to 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
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.
Anybody heard anything about ATTIGUN he'd be an interesting horse right about now.
Well as for me I hope there is a good field for the Haskell. It juices up the betting possibilities
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.
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.
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!!
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"
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.
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.
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.