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Kentucky Derby 2012: Bodemeister looks just as good as Union Rags did a day earlier
By Jay Privman
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One day after Union Rags turned in a sharp workout at Churchill Downs, the other potential favorite for the 138th Kentucky Derby next Saturday, Bodemeister, threw down the gauntlet with a brilliant piece of work over a muddy surface.
Bodemeister worked five furlongs in 59.48 seconds, according to Daily Racing Form, then continued boldly on the gallop out for another three furlongs and completed one lap around the track in 1:40.26. The track was rated muddy, after a fierce storm Saturday night, but it had a very firm bottom.
Jockey Martin Garcia was aboard for the drill, but Mike Smith has the mount in the Derby.
Bodemeister will be coming back on three weeks’ rest following his dominating victory in the Arkansas Derby, but his trainer, Bob Baffert, said he has not “seen any regression.”
“So far, so good,” Baffert said.
Baffert said Bodemeister worked similarly to last week, “but I shut him down earlier last week.”
“I let him do a little more today,” Baffert said.
Bodemeister was one of two Derby aspirants to work here on Sunday. The other was Optimizer, who was timed in 1:00.47 for five furlongs with jockey Jon Court. As of Sunday, Optimizer was on the bubble for the Derby, essentially 21st on the earnings list for a race in which 20 runners is the maximum.
The California contingent of Creative Cause, I’ll Have Another, and Rousing Sermon had their first morning on the local track after arriving here Saturday. Creative Cause had his training session delayed in order to have his right hind shoe re-shod. It came off during the flight on Saturday, trainer Mike Harrington said.
“It came clean off,” Harrington said. “We had to put binding material on.”
Farriers Zane Baze and Steve Norman did the work.
Once shod, Creative Cause jogged seven furlongs, then galloped 1 1/4 miles, under John Cisneros, a former jockey who is Harrington’s assistant trainer.
Harrington said Creative Cause likely would have his final Derby workout on Monday. He originally had scheduled it for Tuesday, but, as of Sunday, Harrington thought the weather for Monday looked more hospitable.
Daddy Nose Best, Liaison, Mark Valeski, Sabercat, and Trinniberg are also scheduled to work here on Monday.
Done Talking, the Illinois Derby winner, was scheduled to arrive here Sunday afternoon following a van ride from Laurel, where he had his final Derby work on Saturday.
At Palm Meadows in Florida, Todd Pletcher’s duo of El Padrino and Gemologist both went a half-mile on Sunday, with Gemologist going in 50.49 seconds, and El Padrino in a pokey 53.34 seconds, over a track rated muddy.
And at Monmouth Park on Sunday, My Adonis, who is also on the outside looking in and is behind Optimizer on the graded earnings list, worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 on a track rated fast.
-- additional reporting by David Grening and Mike Welsch
gamblers like to tout strong opinions but anyone who is writing on this race and expressing certainty is a blow hard. this race is wide open - as easily as Union Rags or Bodemeister could win at 9-2, you have a range of horses who will be 7-1 through 20-1 who could get it done. pay attention to the post draw, check the weather, track condition and watch the lead up races. all these factors will help us know if we are looking for a speed, press horse, a tracker, a rater or a closer. and yes the time of 1st 1/2 will be super important as well. what excites me most is that I can make an easy case for a # of these - Union Rags is a specimen is working well and should get pace to chase, Bode has by far the best figs and seems to be improving each race, Daddy Nose Best has 2 wins at a 1 mile and a 1/8th, Gemologist is undefeated, I'll Have Another looked great in his last start, Alpha had trouble in his last and could move forward, Hansen ran a better than looked race at Keeneland has shown he can sit off a little and has a win on this track, Dullahan motored home in his last but pulled up a few feet after the wire and has not done much on this strip, Went the Day Well - one has to fear the connections and the path they choose, Creative Cause can get the trip but does he want to do more than nibble? Very exciting stuff. Keep breathing and studying! Bon chance!
Anyone that thinks the colt Hansen isnt going straight to the front , will be in for a shock . Trinniberg will try his hardest to keep up with the pace , but the instructions that Dr Hansen will give to the jock will be - I want Hansen in the spot-light - right on the lead . Dr Hansen reall believes the Juvenile race was no fluke . I am not saying at this time that Hansen will win , but I am saying BODEMEISTER should not get past Hansen at any stage of the race . The post potion draw ill be a key factor ! I hope they draw 7 and 8
You know what bugs me - the censors of this space. You should join the DHS, man. Ever heard of free speech? Or let it ride? The DRF is part of horseracing's problem. Censorship. Censorship. Censorship. Pathetic.
all these comments and i never see the most obvious reason why bode will win. not only is he he best horse, but what makes everyone think he wont rate? he is a push button horse and appears to me to be the kind that will have no problem laying third or fourth behind the other cheap speeds and overated runners such as hansen, gemologist, and take charge indy. everyone just assumes because he is a baffert trained ca. horse, he must be a need to lead type. that does not have to be. the reason he has went right to the front in his recent races is because A. no one else wanted it that badly, and B. if you lay over the field, the best place to be is in front. less likely to encountrer trouble that way and lose a race where you are the best horse but get a poor trip. that is what baffles me about some of these so called top notch jockeys. they would rather take a horse back, keep him wide and lose ground and have the chance of getting in traffic, then just send a horse to the froint and let him run his race. how many times have you seen a short priced horse lose a race in a small field because somehow they got in troublle. it is a simple case of trying to over be overly cautious and/ or confident. just let him run his race, and let the chips fall where they will.
Creative Cause is my pick, narrowly over Daddy Nose Best. CC is sitting on a top effort and DNB is a stout closer who will be running down horses in the stretch.
bode gone loose gemoligist gone loose and union gone loose for sure.Last year I had Animal Kingdom
What happens if Bode gets easy half mile in :48
love all the hype on bellamy road er bodemeister my bad. bobe has no shot winner will come from last juvie,im liking dullahan,4th in a troubled trip and rags coming into derby reminiscent of barbaro
Seems like Creative Cause isn't coming into this as well as he could. Interested to see his work tomorrow. Maybe he'll prove me wrong.
I like Optimizer as a "live' longshot closer. If he doesn't get into the Derby he will have to run somewhere (under card?) as he will be too cranked up to wait for the preakness, so I expect him to run good whenever his next race is
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