Bodexpress, who finished a clear second behind Maximum Security in this year’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream, is slated to make his first start since the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) on Monday’s Columbus Day program at Gulfstream Park West.
Bodexpress, who reared at the start of the Preakness and unseated jockey John Velazquez, has been working sharply at Gulfstream Park West for trainer Gustavo Delgado, who owns the 3-year-old son of Bodemeister in partnership with Top Racing LLC and Global Thoroughbreds.
The Kentucky-bred colt is scheduled to face five other 3-year-olds in the mile-and 70-years maiden special weight event that is carded as Race 2 on the nine race program. Emisael Jaramillo has the mount.
In the Florida Derby, Bodexpress finished 3 1/2 lengths behind Maximum Security, who went on to finish first in the Kentucky Derby (G1), only to be disqualified. Bodexpress finished 3 ¼ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Code of Honor, who went on to first third in the Kentucky Derby and be placed second via Maximum Security’s DQ.
Bodexpress finished 14th of 19 in the Kentucky Derby after being taken up in traffic on the turn into the homestretch.
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