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Baffert pleased despite narrow miss in Derby 138
Sunday, May 6, 2012

Despite the sting of finishing second and sixth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), Bob Baffert found no fault in the fantastic effort both of his colts turned in for the 1 1/4-mile classic.

Speaking on second-place finisher Bodemeister, Baffert was particularly thrilled.

“He was doing it easily. He was within himself. He was being pressed, but he’s a brilliant horse,” said Baffert. “That’s the way he wanted to run. We talked about it before. I told (jockey) Mike (Smith), ‘Look, if he breaks great and feels like running, we can win it.’

Mike rode him perfect. I have no complaints there. We got beat. You get beat. But he showed up and that’s all a trainer can ask for is that his horse shows up on the big days, and he showed up. I was really proud of him. He’s a super impressive horse.”

Baffert talked Preakness (G1) the morning after the Derby, but the jury is still out on whether he will make the trip.

“He (Bodemeister) looks pretty good, but he’s not going anywhere right now,” Baffert said. “He’ll stay here and I’ll come back in a week and see how he looks. I’m just going to let him tell me if he’s ready, just like I did with (2010 Preakness winner) Lookin at Lucky.

Liaison, who had the misfortune of breaking from post 20, put in a great run to wind up sixth.

“He ran like he was training. He got back in the groove. He ran a great race," Baffert said.  

Like Bodemeister, Liaison remains a Preakness possibility depending on how he progresses in the next week.

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