John Velazquez riding Animal Kingdom, left, makes his move on the outside to win the 137th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister worked
five furlongs in just over a minute Tuesday for trainer Bob Baffert
in preparation for the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
The horse named after Baffert's 7-year-old son, Bode, clocked
splits of 12.80, 25, 36.80 and 48.80. Bodemeister did not race
until this season, but his 3-year-old campaign has been building
The bay colt has finished either first or second in all four of
his races, none more impressive than his runaway 9½ lengths win at
the Arkansas Derby on April 14.
Baffert says Bodemeister has a "ways to go" but is encouraged
with the performance. Baffert also says he has a new outlook on his
own life after sustaining a heart attack in Dubai during the World
Cup last month.