Now, it looks like Bodemeister has a double burden…The colt bred by Audley Farm in Berryville is trying to become the first horse since Apollo back in 1882 to win the Derby without racing as a juvenile and, after being installed the morning line favorite, just the fourth horse since Spectacular Bid (1979) to win the race as the post time betting favorite (should he remain so).
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When Fusachi Pegasus won the race as the favorite back in 2000, it had been twenty renewals since the chalk had won the Kentucky Derby. Since then, Smarty Jones and Street Sense have earned the roses as the crowd’s pick.
Regarding his limited experience, trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form:
“Bodemeister was just young and immature. I wanted him to get ready at his own pace. But he had 26 workouts before he ever started. He has a foundation under him.”