2012 Kentucky Derby Horses: Bodemeister and Most Intriguing Competitors

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  Bodemeister trains in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The 138th edition of the Kentucky Derby is loaded with talented horses, but there are a few who stand out the most. 

It's sure to be an exciting race, as the "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs rarely disappoints. 

The level of talent this year is very strong, but it wouldn't be a surprise if a long-shot horse won it all. I don't think it will happen, but it would still be entertaining to say the least.  

With that said, here's a few of the most intriguing horses competing in the 2012 Kentucky Derby



The favorite to win, Bodemeister sits at 4/1 odds early Saturday morning.

There's a chance the odds could change closer to race time, but I think other horse will inch closer to him and he'll remain the same. 

Before drawing post position No. 6, Bodemesiter wasn't the top favorite, which is what makes him so enticing right now. Plus, his most recent race was a solid win at the Arkansas Derby, which is a great sign for the Kentucky Derby. 

Trained by Bob Baffert, winner of three Kentucky Derbies, Bodemeister is a horse to keep an eye on all day long. 



Undefeated entering the 2012 Kentucky Derby, Gemologist sits 6/1 odds at the moment, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the colt came closer to Bodemeister before the big race. 

Gemologist has raced five times, winning each in great style. This is what makes the colt intriguing, as well as the face he is trained by hot-shot trainer, Todd A. Plethcer, a man who trained the wining Derby horse in 2010. 

One problem with Gemologist's win streak is that the three-year-old hasn't really been challenged. This could pose a problem considering the Derby field is really strong this year. 

At post position No. 15, Gemologist is in a hole being that far out wide, but the colt does have the speed to deal with and is likely pleased not many horses on the outside are as fast as him. 


Take Charge Indy 

Jockeyed by Calvin Borel, Take Charge Indy sits at 10/1 odds and is a big sleeper to win the Kentucky Derby this year. 

Borel has won three of the last five Derbies, which means whatever horse he is on will always be a threat. 

He likes to take the inside track and the fact Take Charge Indy drew post position No. 3 certainly helps. 

In addition to having Borel as the jockey, Take Charge Indy also won the Florida Derby, which is a huge plus heading into the Kentucky Derby. 


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