Bodemeister on the track at Churchill Downs.

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Mathea Kelley

Bodemeister Drills 5 Furlongs at Churchill

Baffert also confirmed that Liaison would be entered in the Kentucky Derby.

Zayat Stables’ Bodemeister , impressive winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 4/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 24 in preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Working in tandem with stablemate Jemima's Pearl for trainer Bob Baffert, Bodemeister was timed in fractional splits of :12 4/5, :25, :36 4/5, and :48 4/5 for the first four furlongs. The son of Empire Maker  galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 and seven furlongs in 1:27 3/5.

 “I liked the way he went this morning,” Baffert said. “He likes this track. He just skipped over it. He is very fluid when he picks it up and just floats over the ground.”

Bodemeister, who has two wins and two seconds in four starts, with earnings of $704,800, is seeking to become the first Derby winner since Apollo in 1882 who did not race at age 2. The colt began his career in January of this year and broke his maiden at Santa Anita in his second career start. Following a second in the San Felipe (gr. II), he rolled to victory in the April 14 Arkansas Derby, drawing off to win by 9 1/2 lengths.

Baffert also confirmed that Arnold Zetcher’s Liaison  would be entered in the Derby. He made his first appearance on the track Tuesday morning and galloped 1 1/2 miles under George Alvarez. Liaison had arrived at Churchill on Monday afternoon from his Southern California base.
“I’m gonna run him (in the Derby),” Baffert said. “He was a different horse out there today. He was never comfortable at Santa Anita and just didn’t like the track.”
Baffert said that martin Garcia, who was aboard Liaison for his fourth-place finish in the San Felipe (gr. II), would have the mount in the Derby.