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Bodemeister at the 2012 Kentucky Derby.
Sire Empire Maker
Grandsire Unbridled
Dam Untouched Talent
Damsire Storm Cat
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2009
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Audley Farm
Owner Zayat Stables
Trainer Bob Baffert
Record 6:2-4-0
Earnings $1,104,800[1]
Major wins

Arkansas Derby (2012)

American Classic Race placings:
Kentucky Derby 2nd (2012)
Preakness Stakes 2nd (2012)

Bodemeister (foaled April 28, 2009) is a Thoroughbred race horse who won the 2012 Arkansas Derby[2] and finished second in the 2012 Kentucky Derby[3] and 2012 Preakness Stakes.


Bodemeister is a Bay horse with a white blaze. He was named after his trainer's son, Bode Baffert.[4] His pedigree traces to major sires of significance, including his grandsire Unbridled and his damsire Storm Cat. The colt was sired by the Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker out of the mare Untouched Talent.[5] He was sold as a yearling at the Keeneland September sales for $260,000.[6]

Racing career[edit]

Bodemeister, trained by Bob Baffert, did not race as a 2-year-old,[7] but emerged as a 3-year-old to come in second in the 2012 San Felipe Stakes,[8] then win the Arkansas Derby.[9]

Bodemeister was widely considered one of the favorites to win the 2012 Kentucky Derby.[10][11] Ridden by jockey Mike Smith,[12] Bodemeister led the Kentucky Derby from the start until 150 yards remained, when he was overtaken by I'll Have Another, leaving Bodemeister to finish in second place.[13] The race came five weeks after Baffert was hospitalized in Dubai due to a heart attack.[14]

Bodemeister was made favorite ahead of I'll Have Another by odds-makers in the 2012 Preakness Stakes on 19 May.[15] The race developed in similar fashion to the Kentucky Derby, with Bodemeister leading until the final 50 yards, when he was caught by I'll Have Another and finished second by a neck.[16]

Baffert announced afterward that Bodemeister would not race in the 2012 Belmont Stakes. On 21 August it was announced that Bodemeister had been diagnosed with an injury to his left shoulder and would retire to stud.

Stud career[edit]

Bodemeister in retirement

Bodemeister entered stud at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky for the 2013 breeding season. His first foals reached racing age in 2016.

Bodemeister made the news when an unusual white-headed colt with splashed white markings was born on June 5, 2016. "In 35 years in the industry I've never seen a Thoroughbred like this," said Eric Guillot, who trains for Southern Equine. "The mare hasn't thrown anything unusual before, but Bodemeister throws a lot of white. I've got a few by him with stockings and other markings, but this one's unique. It looks like he dunked his head into a five-gallon bucket of white paint."[17]

Bodemeister stud fee for 2015 was $30,000.[18]


Pedigree of Bodemeister[19]
Empire Maker
B. 2000
Mr. Prospector 1970
Killaloe 1970
Gana Facil
Le Fabueleux 1961
Charedi 1976
El Gran Senor
Northern Dancer 1961
Sex Appeal 1970
Image of Reality
In Reality 1964
Edee's Image 1969
Untouched Talent
Ch. 2004
Storm Cat
Storm Bird
Northern Dancer 1961
South Ocean 1967
Secretariat 1970
Crimson Saint 1969
Parade Queen
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew 1974
Weekend Surprise 1980
Spanish Parade
Roberto 1969
Nijit 1977
  • Bodemeister is inbred 4x4 to the stallion Northern Dancer, meaning that the latter appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.


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  2. ^ Jay Privman (14 April 2012). "Bodemeister romps in Ark. Derby". Daily Racing Form. ESPN. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Pat Forde (5 May 2012). "Bodemeister's brilliant run at Kentucky Derby goes for naught". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Claire Novak (14 May 2012). "Bodemeister huge in defeat". ESPN. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "#750 Bodemeister 2009" (PDF). 16 April 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bodemeister (VA)". Blood-Horse. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Jeff Frank (16 April 2012). "Can Bodemeister snap a 130-year-old Kentucky Derby jinx?". The Sports Network. Miami Herald. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Steve Anderson (11 March 2012). "Creative Cause outduels Bodemeister". Daily Racing Form. ESPN. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Jason Frakes (14 April 2012). "Bodemeister wins Arkansas Derby by bodacious 9½ lengths". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Steven Crist (16 April 2012). "Bodemeister: Start Of Something Special?". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bodemeister cruises to win at Arkansas Derby". Associated Press. ESPN. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Mike Smith (5 May 2012). "A bright future for Bodemeister". ESPN. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Harris, Beth (2012-05-05). "Canadian-owned I'll Have Another wins Kentucky Derby". CBC Sports. Toronto. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  14. ^ "I'll Have Another wins 138th Derby". Associated Press. ESPN. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Pimlico Race 12" (PDF). Equibase Company. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Jack Shinar (19 May 2012). "Just One More for I'll Have Another". Blood Horse. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Unusual White-Headed Foal Arrives in Kentucky". Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "I'll Have Another wins Preakness". Associated Press. ESPN. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bodemeister Horse Pedigree". Pedigree Online. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

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