Ky. Derby, Preakness Runner-Up to have Diagnostic Procedures

Bodemeister, runner-up in both the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, has been sent from his California base to WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., and will be evaluated by specialists including Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in the coming days, WinStar president Elliott Walden confirmed Aug. 15.

The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker has been training in Southern California with Hall of Fame horseman Bob Baffert but had not worked since July 8.

"Bode arrived at WinStar for diagnostic procedure," owner Ahmed Zayat announced via his Twitter account Aug. 15. "He has an appointment tomorrow at Rood & Riddle to tell us what's wrong with him."

"He has not been training well; I've been here in California seeing him myself," Zayat told The Blood-Horse. "He's gained back the weight, he's gained back the fitness, but he wasn't traveling as well as we wanted, he was just not being himself. We've got people looking at him here that can't figure out what's wrong, Bob can't figure what's wrong, so we're going to figure it out. I said, 'Enough with people here not finding out, let's just ship him to Rood & Riddle.' "

Zayat said Bodemeister was expected to arrive in Lexington the afternoon of Aug. 15.

"I called WinStar and said, 'Listen, I want you to keep him at the farm there, to set all the appointments with Rood & Riddle,' " he said. "He's not going there because he's retired; we honestly don't know what's wrong with him."

Bodemeister was slated to start in the July 29 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), but developed a fever July 14 and was treated with an antibiotic. He has not raced since the May 19 Preakness.

Bred in Kentucky by Audley Farm and out of the grade I-placed Storm Cat mare Untouched Talent, Bodemeister will stand at WinStar when his racing career is over.

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Claire Novak

Winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing, Claire Novak has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful Turf writing career. Since her first freelance article on racing was published at in 2005, her byline has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and on, among others. She lives near Lexington and, when not writing about racing, can often be found jumping her Thoroughbred, Bob.

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