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Bodemeister’s Drill Pleases Baffert

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Bodemeister turned in his final Kentucky Derby breeze on Sunday at Churchill Downs, traveling five furlongs over a muddy track in :59.60.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, the Zayat Stable-owned son of Empire Maker worked in company with stablemate Jemima’s Pearl, an entrant in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). According to Churchill Downs Publicity, Bodemeister galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.20 and went a mile in 1:39.80.

“I’m glad I got the work in,” Baffert said. “I was a little bit leery last night with the rain and all the stuff. I was afraid how the track was going to be. It turned out the track was in just perfect shape today. I’m glad I didn’t work him yesterday because he got a hold of it, it was nice and firm. It wasn’t dry and loose. I worry about stuff like that.”

Baffert said that he was pleased with the way that Bodemeister trained and how he responded to his rider.

“He worked his usual self. He just went around there,” Baffert said. “I had the radio on him (Garcia) and told him when to pick it up a little bit, to tease him a little bit. He sat behind that horse, stayed with that other horse. I don’t see him being rank in the work. He’s really settled in here really, really well.

“He was doing it within himself. That’s what he does,” Baffert said. “He’s the kind of horse that will go slower or faster, whatever you want to do. So far, he looks good.”

 –Churchill Downs Communications contributed to this report.

Bodemeister/Reed Palmer photo

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