Derby runner-up Bodemeister heading to Preakness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bodemeister is headed to the Preakness to challenge I’ll Have Another after their memorable finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Bodemeister set a blistering early pace in the Derby only to be caught in the final 100 yards by I’ll Have Another and finish second, giving owner Ahmed Zayat his third runner-up finish in the race in the last four years.

Trainer Bob Baffert says Bodemeister came out of the Derby well and that his hair and weight look good. Baffert says he’s confident taking the colt named after his 7-year-old son, Bode, to Baltimore for Saturday’s race.

Baffert, a five-time Preakness winner, is less certain with his plans for Liaison, his other Derby entry that finished sixth. Baffert says he wants to talk with Liaison’s owners before making a decision.

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