Preakness 2012 Results: Bob Baffert Foolish to Pull Bodemeister from Belmont

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMay 24, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  Trainer Bob Baffert stands outside his stable before a workout 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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If it weren't for two miracle, come-from-behind victories by I'll Have Another at this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Bob Baffert's horse Bodemeister would right now be heading to Belmont with a Triple Crown to claim.

Instead, he isn't heading to New York, which is incredibly foolish of Baffert.

Unfortunately for all of us, this three-part story got cut off at chapter two.

Baffert seems to be conceding the Triple Crown to I'll Have Another, but in reality he is potentially tainting what a great accomplishment this will be.

According to Stephen Whyno of, Baffert said he may just let I'll Have Another run his race if he was to win at the Preakness.

Baffert noted earlier last week that if I’ll Have Another wins the Preakness, he might hop on a bus and get off the Triple Crown trail. That will indeed be the case as Bodemeister will skip the Belmont Stakes.

Without a doubt, I'll have Another trainer Doug O'Neill has impressed thus far with his horse's success, but without Bodemeister in the running, a win at Belmont will always carry the question, "What if Bodemeister ran?"

That is why it is foolish of Baffert to pull his horse. While he is trying to help history, he may actually be hurting it.

The last two races have been exhilarating, and people would love to see something just as spectacular one last time.

There is no doubt that Bodemeister has the potential to ruin this feat, but what would competition be if we didn't go up against the best?

For that reason Bodemeister should be in this race. It does I'll Have Another and the sport of horse racing justice.

It is too late at this point to change anything, but I'll Have Another will just need to prove to the world that he can dominate even more so without Bodemeister in the field.