05/14/2012 11:47AM

Preakness: Bodemeister in; Isn’t He Clever, Hansen out

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bodemeister has been confirmed as a likely starter in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Count Bodemeister in Saturday’s Preakness, and Isn’t He Clever and Hansen out.

The latter two horses were with removed from Preakness consideration Monday morning, their trainers said, while others continued their training for the race with breezes and gallops over a rain-soaked Churchill Downs strip Monday morning.

As widely expected, Derby runner-up Bodemeister was confirmed as a likely starter for the Preakness. Trainer Bob Baffert made the announcement following a promising morning gallop and after evaluating the colt’s weight and coat following his hard-fought effort in the Derby.

In other news at Churchill, Cozzetti, a probable Preakness starter, had a workout at approximately the time that Bodemeister galloped. Cozzetti went five furlongs over a muddy track in a bullet 58.80 seconds.

Isn’t He Clever also worked Monday, doing so about 6:30 a.m., when the track was sloppy, covering a half-mile in 51.60, but he was withdrawn from consideration for the Preakness because of the 1 3/16-mile distance. Trainer Steve Asmussen said he feels the race distance is beyond Isn’t He Clever’s best.

As for Hansen, majority owner Kendall Hansen said “it is not in the best interest of Hansen to run back on two weeks’ rest or run over nine furlongs at this point in time.”

Hansen is being pointed to the seven-furlong Woody Steven Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard June 9, his owner said.

Cheri Lockwood More than 1 year ago
sorry to see Hansen go in Preakness but will look forward to seeing him again at Belmont. Beautiful horse!!!
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Hansen's connections ruined him. They changed his style when he was rolling. He is a front runner and that was where he was going to be successful. They believed the talk that that style can not make it around the track in the Classics and started to experiment WAY too late in the game. They should have been winging it on the lead on May 5th and at least would have known whether it was meant to be or not. Bodemeister almost ran around the track utlizing the same style Hansen ran in the beginning of his career. It IS possible. Please reference Spend-A-Buck, 1985 Kentucky Derby. Unless Hansen has an underlying issue, the Preakness would have been fine for him as it is turning up so damn weak. He would have been holding off only Bode and IHA. Now, the Belmont, thats a PASS!
Stuart More than 1 year ago
I agree with what you said above, Mark Scheider. Hansen's trainer has realized that the only way Hansen could win is on the lead and without a rating hold. They have always had a strong hold on this horse even with he is on the lead. Some trainers love to overanalyze and over think and get cute with speed like Hansen. This Preakness would be the race to try and get Hansen's mojo back given the poor showing of Derby runner ups in the Preakness. The last best finish for a runner up was Hard Spun in 2007 and he finished 3rd and was Andy Beyer's pick to win the Preakness. Lion Heart finished 4th. How about that front runner who almost won the Peter Pan Stakes while they took The Lumber Guy off of the pace and he finished up the track. Rating a speed horse is very overrated. Now, with Hansen out, the race is Bode's to lose. And if Baffert gets cute and rates Bode he will be lucky to hit the board IMO. Wire to wire is his only chance here. IMO.
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
i agree 100 percent, the preakness would have been the perfect race for hansons speed, what a great horse with some not so great connections
Mooch J More than 1 year ago
Bode looked like a lock before but with Hansen out you can just take any price on Bode now. But the price won't be much so Bode to I'll have another cold exacta or add Creative Cause to the third slot of the straight trifecta?
Tony Tango More than 1 year ago
Man, what is wrong with you guys!!! This is California all the way!!! TRI BOX Bodie, Creative Cause, Liaison
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
haha i cant beleive you actually think liaison will be in the money, hes lucky if he finishes better than 6th
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Basically, this is how you play the Preakness for exotics..... IHA/ Bode/ over the Field.
Mooch J More than 1 year ago
Don't think that will pay much, you might have to play a cold tri.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Why not? This year's Preakness trifecta with the top two favorites finishing one two and the third or fourth choice in 3rd should pay $60-$80 for $2. I calculate $200-$2000 if a "random" horse comes in 3rd with random meaning 6th choice and above. Yes I'm a math wizard and follow over 1000 a year.
Roger More than 1 year ago
Bodemeister is a one mile horse, I'll Have Another is a mile and a half horse. Bodemeister has speed. I'll Have Another has just as much speed as Bodemeister. I would actually take I'll Have Another to beat Bodemeister in a 6 furlong race. Bodemeister runs full out and can't relax in a race. I'll Have Another can relax off the pace until called upon to go. You do the math.
Ian Fick More than 1 year ago
If I were you I wouldn't say what you said publicly. You would look like what you really are: A stone cold fool!
Junior Jimenez More than 1 year ago
You are the fool. Bode is a loser. That is a fact
redboy More than 1 year ago
You sound like a band wagoner! Did you even bet on IAH to win the Derby? Im guessing ifyou did bet you bet on one of those East Coast ducks who are all even bigger losers! And I did bet on IAH to win ! keep betting exotics on those East Coast ducks come Saturday all ill be counting my stack$$$$$$$$$!
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
yea your crazy if u think ill have another would beat bodey at any less distance than 1 1/4
superdog More than 1 year ago
Very smart move, by both owner and trainer. Very refreshing to see owners and trainers, having the horses best interest respected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally, I thought Hansen had no business being in the derby. Good horse, but over his distance limits. I thought they might hold him for the Preakness after skipping the derby, might have had a chance going in fresh, but the distance is still questionable.
Chantal Smithless More than 1 year ago
Seems like everything that Hansen's connections do puzzle me..................
Benjamin Ricciardi More than 1 year ago
I think shortening him up and not rushing him into a 1 3/16th mile race makes perfect sense
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Cozzetti, Fast and long enough. So Baffert - here come them nightmares again. This time in Gray.
Dwayne Watts More than 1 year ago
Went The Day Well should've won The Kentucky Derby! Graham Motion owns Pimlico and Laurel!! I'm going with Went The Day Well!!! :)
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Went The Day should not have won the Kentucky Derby. I dont know what you were looking at to make you believe such a thing. Went the Day Well should not even win the Preakness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't see a thing about WTDW prior to the derby, but was totally impressed with the way he ran. Couldn't see the whole gallop out afterwards, but from pictures it looked like he finished up great, probably could have kept running all day. Not sure the Preakness is long enough for him, but would put my $ on him for the Belmont if he skipped the Preakness.