BODEXPRESS has always been way out of the money or almost there several times. He made it to the Kentucky Derby in 2019 on points from a second place finish in the Florida Derby. He ran 13th in the Kentucky Derby. Then he went to the Preakness and that's where he really made his mark in horse racing. He dumped his jockey, Johnny Velazquez, but he ran his race with all heart. Unfortunately you can't win without a jockey.
So he dropped down in class. Ran a couple of allowance races and tried again in the Harlan's Holiday, the Pegasus World Cup, the Hal's Hope, and the Alydar. But last Friday at Churchill Downs, BODEXPRESS finally got his stakes win and a Grade 1 at that - the Clark.
Why did it take so long? Personally, I think he needed to grow up a little. Some horses just get better with age. He needed some time to mature. We tend to focus on horses as three year olds and once they're done, they lose the interest of many, but so many get better with age, experience and a little more training.
In the Clark, he beat some of the top horses he has been competing with all along - CODE OF HONOR, OWENDALE, and BY MY STANDARDS. He got a good start. At the quarter he was second place 1 and 1/2 lengths back and he held that position, only dropping to third for a short time before the stretch where he pulled ahead for the win over CODE OF HONOR by a half length. CODE OF HONOR placed second followed by OWENDALE.
Here's hoping he can turn this win into a streak.
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