Almost exactly three months after his last race, Bodemeister has been retired, according to Winstar Farm.
The three-year-old Empire Maker colt is best known for his performance in the Triple Crown, where he came in second to I’ll Have Another in both the G1 Kentucky Derby and the G1 Preakness. Ironically, the Preakness was also I’ll Have Another’s last race as the colt was retired on the eve of the G1 Belmont Stakes.
Bodemeister had a short but illustrious career, winning his second start by nine and one-quarter lengths and then finishing second behind Creative Cause in the G2 San Felipe Stakes.
Bodemeister’s only other victory came in impressive fashion at Oaklawn Park in the G1 Arkansas Derby. The race sealed his spot in the Kentucky Derby and the rest is history. The colt had been prepping for a comeback after his heartbreaking Preakness loss but hadn’t had work since July 8.
In the press release, Bob Baffert states that Bodemeister suffered a significant stumble a few weeks ago that could have caused the left shoulder nerve damage the colt was diagnosed with at Rood and Riddle last week.
While the injury would only take approximately 60 days to heal according to Dr. Larry Bramlage in Winstar’s release, the colt would not be able to make it back for any three-year-old races due to conditioning. This prompted the immediate retirement of the colt.
“Unfortunately, he would not be able to come back as a racehorse in time to make any of the year-end goals such as the Breeders' Cup, so Mr. Zayat, Mr. Moreno and myself came to the conclusion that it was best to retire him,” Winstar CEO and President Elliott Walden said in the statement. “With his raw speed, four Beyers over 100, Empire Maker killing it, and his good looks, we think Bodemeister is the best stallion prospect this year, and we're looking ahead to what we believe will be an exciting future at stud for Bodemeister.”
Bodemeister is the only horse to reach the track of two racing age foals for his dam Untouched Talent, the winner of the 2006 G3 Sorrento Stakes. His sire Empire Maker won the 2003 G1 Belmont Stakes.
Bodemeister retires with a record of two wins and four places in six starts for $1,304,800 in earnings. He will be available for breeders to view in mid-October.