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Kentucky Derby 2012: Bob Baffert's Bodemeister Comes Up Short As I'll Have Another Rallies (PHOTOS)

By COLIN FLY 05/05/12 07:52 PM ET AP

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Kentucky Derby 2012: Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides I'll Have Another past Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith (6) to victory at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2012.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bob Baffert began tearing up in the moments after the Kentucky Derby in the paddock thinking about Bode.

Bodemeister, the bay colt named after his 7-year-old son, couldn't hold on in a furiously fast pace as I'll Have Another caught him in to win Saturday's Derby.

Baffert always shunned having horses named after family members and jokingly suggested the name on a whim. He never expected that Bodemeister would end up taking the Arkansas Derby by 9 1/2 lengths and become a favorite at Churchill Downs.

Winning the race was another matter.

With jockey Mike Smith aboard, Bodemeister rocketed right to the front through impossibly fast fractions. That pace proved his undoing.

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Mario Gutierrez crosses the finish line atop I'll Have Another to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates with the roses atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Trainer of winner I'll Have Another, Doug O'Neill (C) celebrates after the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Dullahan ridden by Kent Desormeaux leads the field around the first turn during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    The field comes down the front stretch during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    I'll Have Another ridden by Mario Gutierrez comes down the final stretch on his way to winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez (L) comes down the final stretch atop I'll Have Another ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    I'll Have Another, with jockey Mario Guitierrez onboard, crosses the finish line to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    The field comes down the front stretch during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Take Charge Indy ridden by Calvin Borel heads out to the starters gate prior the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Union Rags ridden by Julien Leparoux heads out to the starters gate prior the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Owner of Union Rags, Phyliss Mills (2nd-R) is seen in the paddock during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    I'll Have Another, with jockey Mario Guitierrez onboard, crosses the finish line to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Women wearing decorative hats pose for a picture prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Guy Fieri poses with race fans in the paddock prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Painter Peter Williams paints a portrait of the paddock prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A horseracing fan wears a decorative hat prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    I'll Have Another ridden by Mario Gutierrez and Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith lead the pack down the final stretch during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    The paddock and spires are seen prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    The field of horses races down the frontstretch during 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    The field of horses races around the first turn during 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    I'll Have Another, with jockey Mario Guitierrez onboard, races toward the finish line of 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez reacts atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez (R) reacts atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    I'll Have Another, with jockey Mario Guitierrez onboard, crosses the finish line to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mike Smith looks on atop Bodemeister during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Derby goers walk under the grandstand during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Derby goers place bets at the wagering windows during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A women wearing a decorative hat takes a picture from the paddock prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Race fans pack the paddock during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A horseracing fan is seen prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A horseracing fan is seen prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A horseracing fan is seen prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A horseracing fan is seen prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A mint julep is seen during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Roses are seen from the winner's circle prior to the the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    The bugler signifies the start of the post parade prior to a race during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A mint julep is seen during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Signs are seen on the infield during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Race fans wearing ponchos with the words 'Cinco De Derby' on them, walk through the infield during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A race fan wearing a decorated hat stands in the infield during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Lori Shelton poses in the paddock prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A race fan wearing a hat talks on his phone while standing in the paddock prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Top Chef Host Gail Simmons (C) mixing her Pure Leaf Lemon Ginger Tulep at the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Women wearing hats stand in the paddock prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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