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Bodemeister To Undergo Diagnostic Procedure
Gr1 Arkansas Derby winner and Gr1 Kentucky Derby / Preakness Stakes runner-up Bodemeister (Empire Maker-Untouched Talent, by Storm Cat) "will undergo a diagnostic procedure this week at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington due to an undetermined illness", reports thoroughbredtimes.com. Owner Ahmed Zayat commented: "No one here in [California] knows what's wrong with him." After plans to start in the Gr1 Haskell Invitational Stakes were aborted due to an "elevated temperature", antibiotics were administered and training temporarily halted. Trainer Bob Baffert stated, "We sent him for a complete examination. I'm not happy with the way he's been training." With career earnings of US $1,304,800 from only 6 starts, it was recently confirmed that Bodemeister will make his stud debut at WinStar Farm once he has finished racing.