LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bodemeister posted one of the greatest losses in the 138-year history of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
Some consolation for trainer Bob Baffert.
"Oh, it hurts," the three-time Derby winner told Yahoo! Sports. "Believe me."
Bodemeister ran faster and farther without cracking than any horse in the last quarter century in this 1¼-mile test of stamina, heart and talent. But in the end, the colt finally submitted to the forces of nature that rule this race without remorse. Bodemeister – sent off as the 4-1 favorite after an avalanche of late money lowered his odds from 6-1 – could not hold off the furious closing kick of I'll Have Another, a 15-1 shot ridden by obscure Derby rookie Mario Gutierrez.
In a fitting fiesta, a Mexican jockey ruled racing on Cinco de Mayo. Yet many people walked away from the Twin Spires raving about the effort from Bodemeister, who nearly outran the rules of racing before being passed in the last dozen strides.
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