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 ...