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Herd Mentality for Bodemeister


Bob Baffert received an unexpected benefit for Bodemeister Friday morning when the San Felipe Stakes runner-up worked in company with Splendid Fortune.

According to the Santa Anita stable notes from Friday, the two were part of a pack of 10 that went off simultaneously at the 8 o’clock break and also finished together.

“I’ve never seen that happen before, ever,” said private clocker Toby Turrell, who has been timing horses for 30 years. “It was a sight to see.”

Baffert was pleased with the education Bodemeister likely got out of the work.

“When Bodemeister broke off, there must have been 10 horses breaking off at the same time,” said Baffert. “He (jockey Martin Garcia) got him behind and the horse came back filthy dirty but he was fine. He couldn’t have had a better work schooling today with the dirt hitting him.”

Bodemeister, a candidate for either the Santa Anita Derby on April 7 or the Arkansas Derby on April 14, was timed in 46.80. Splendid Fortune, under Rafael Bejarano, was given 47.60.

The leader in the 10 pack was Mensa Heat, going five furlongs in 59.60 for Ted H. West, who has the 6-year-old Unusual Heat gelding ticketed for the Potrero Grande Stakes on April 7.

Bodemeister/Benoit photo