Bodemeister: Kentucky Derby Win Would Start a Legacy

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IMay 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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This year may well boast one of the more competitive, intriguing fields of any Kentucky Derby in recent memory, as Bodemeister is surely the horse with the best chance of taking the title in 2012.

A victory for Bodemiester, unlike the rest of the horses, would be one that propels this horse's career and puts it in a different light.

What makes this horse so impressive is the fact that Bodemeister didn't race as a two-year old and would be the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby after not racing as one. In fact, this is only the fifth race that the horse has ever raced in.

Not to mention that one of the keys for Bodemeister heading into this race will be the fact that this horse has won two of its four career races, including the Arkansas Derby at Oakland Park.

That win at the Arkansas Derby was the most recent race for Bodemeister, giving this horse a full dose of momentum heading into Churchill Downs.

Given his success as a new, younger horse, Bodemeister is the clear favorite in the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Currently, according to Bovada's odds, his 5-to-1 odds are the best of any horse, with Union Rags at 5-to-1 right there at the top.

Washington Post horse racing columnist Andrew Beyer is also a firm believer in Bodemeister's potential, pulling for this horse in the Saturday derby as well.

Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith will attempt to make history on Saturday, boasting a top-notch horse in Bodemeister that is clearly ready for the occasion.