- Last Updated: 11:14 AM, May 4, 2012
- Posted: 1:19 AM, May 4, 2012
Mike Smith, the Hall of Fame jockey who rode 50-1 shot Giacomo to victory in the 2005 Kentucky Derby, will be aboard Bodemeister, one of the favorites in tomorrow’s Run for the Roses. As told to Ed Fountaine.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bodemeister looks absolutely wonderful. He’s training well. I’ve been watching his works, and they’re about as good as can be, if not better.
To me, the “wow” factor of his Arkansas Derby was that his final time was a full second faster than the older stakes horses ran 30 minutes earlier in the Oaklawn Handicap.
Those were some of our best older horses in the country — an extremely good field — and he was seven lengths faster than they were at the same distance over the same track. That was impressive.
Like I’ve said, this colt just needs his opportunity, and given that, I think he’s going to run extremely well. You can plan all you want, but once those doors open, stuff happens, and then you’ve got to adjust.
You don’t want to have your mind set on something, because you might have to change it in a fifth of a second. That’s how I go in thinking.
You never know what some other riders might do. They might try to change their tactics, try this, try that. But I know what my horse’s strengths are, and I’m going to use them to the best of my ability.
He’s quick. He’s got a high cruising speed. He’s explosive. He’s well-balanced, gets over the ground good, can run really fast and continue to do so.
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