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

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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.
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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