BODEMEISTER CONNECTIONS COMMENT ON THE DERBY

A closer look at Bodemeister with the lead in the stretch of the Kentucky Derby.
Mike Smith – “I’m very disappointed, but at the same time I’m just so proud of him.  He’s brilliant.  He really is. He didn’t finish first, but he’s still the winner.  He’s such a free running horse that I couldn’t take that away from him.  At the top of the stretch, I really thought we had it, but I knew we were in trouble when I saw Doug’s horse coming.”
Bob Baffert – “He ran his race. He was there and he just got tired a little bit.  He’s only run four times.  I was really proud of him.  He’s a super impressive horse.  When they were coming for him I was thinking about War Emblem, except War Emblem got :46 and change.  If the half could have been in :46 it would have been good, but Mike rode him perfect.  I have no complaints there.  We got beat.  You get beat.  But he showed up and that’s all a trainer can ask for is that his horse shows up on the big days, and he showed up.  That’s the only time I’ve run second where I’ve been happy because he ran his race.”