Bodemeister gets work in before Kentucky Derby
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister worked five furlongs in just over a minute Tuesday for trainer Bob Baffert in preparation for the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
The horse named after Baffert's 7-year-old son, Bode, clocked splits of 12.80, 25, 36.80 and 48.80. Bodemeister did not race until this season, but his 3-year-old campaign has been building momentum.
The bay colt has finished either first or second in all four of his races, none more impressive than his runaway 912 lengths win at the Arkansas Derby on April 14.
Baffert says Bodemeister has a "ways to go" but is encouraged with the performance. Baffert also says he has a new outlook on his own life after sustaining a heart attack in Dubai during the World Cup last month.