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Nerve Injury Forces Bodemeister Retirement
Gr1 Arkansas Derby winner and Gr1 Kentucky Derby / Preakness Stakes runner-up Bodemeister (Empire Maker-Untouched Talent, by Storm Cat) has been retired after an in-depth inspection at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington discovered an unusual injury. Veterinarian Larry Bramlage stated: Bodemeister has a peripheral nerve injury which caused atrophy of the infraspinatus muscle in his left shoulder... His legs are perfect, but he was clinical when jogging to the left. After ruling out neck issues with X-rays and a myelogram, we feel confident in the diagnosis. It will take approximately 60 days to heal." Due to insufficient preparation time prior to the Breeders' Cup meeting, Bodemeister has been retired immediately to WinStar Farm where he will stand as a freshman sire in 2013.