Best Beyer: Bodexpress

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Bodexpress: Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile possible after Gulfsteram Park West romp. Photo: Ryan Thompson/Coglianese

102 Bodexpress

Gulfstream Park West (Oct 17): allowance optional claimer $44,000, 1m½f, dirt, 3yo+
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Jockey: Emisael Jaramillo
Owner: Top Racing LLC etc.
Pedigree: 4yo bc Bodemeister – Pied A Terre (City Zip)

A rare outing to Gulfstream Park West – that’s Calder to you and me – and an explosive performance from bad boy Bodexpress, previously notable for dropping Johnny V at the start of the Preakness and completing the race riderless. Cue a (minor) social media star.

Anyway, the four-year-old likes this Miami track, where all three of his career victories (from 13 starts) have been achieved.

Or perhaps it is the drop in grade he likes, given that he was second to Maximum Security in last year’s Florida Derby before taking in Kentucky; he was also fifth in the Pegasus World Cup in January.

All of which helps account for a career bankroll in excess of $400,000, despite his never having won even a Listed-status race. It also explains why he went off at 2-5 at GPW in optional claiming company and proceeded to make all – “rambled home mildly hand urged in near-record time”, according to the Equibase comment.

The son of Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister actually missed the track record by a hundredth of a second. A Beyer of 102 is one point more than his previous career-best – also achieved at GPW, naturally.

The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile is an option before another go at the Pegasus.

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