Posted: 4/13/2012 2:59:11 PM
Here's an article about what Baffert is probably attempting to do with this move.
Hansen was Blinkers Off in the Gotham, and although he wasn't in the lead , he was only half a length and a head behind at the first two calls. He won obviously and it was the first time he ever passed a horse in a race, although it was only 1 horse.
It also talks about how Prospective put them on in the Tampa Bay Derby and came out of the gate faster than he had been and won.
Kind of an interesting move by Baffert since Bodemeister has the outside post #11. He needs to win this race to get in the Derby because he's only got 104K in earnngs. He could come out only slightly slower like Hansen did but what if he comes out A LOT slower than he has been and he has to come from way back? He could come out slow enough to be hung wide on the first turn. Move might cost him a spot in the Derby.
But like Mike Maker with Hansen , looks like Baffert is experimenting to see if Bodemeister can come from off the pace. Or doing it because Secret Circle is in the race and he doesn't want those two running each other into the ground.
Should be interesting. I'm still on Optimizer. Good Luck
That comment from Ramon Dominquez that Hansen "galloped out like a freight train too" was also good info for the Derby.
I'm sure some a lot of you guys already know about Blinkers Off and On. This is for guys who might not be as knowledgeable about horse racing or didn't know that Bodemeister was Blinkers Off for the Arkansas Derby or hadn't thought about it.