Captain Bodgit
CAPTAIN BODGIT
(1994 bay colt, Saint Ballado-No Easy Answer, by Greek Answer)

Won Florida Derby-Grade 1
Won Wood Memorial-Grade 2
2nd Kentucky Derby-Grade 1
3rd Preakness Stakes-Grade 1

Successful at 2 in Maryland, Captain Bodgit ran third at Gulfstream in his debut at 3, after which he was bought and syndicated for $500,000 by Team Valor. The Blood-Horse characterized the transaction as the "best buy of 1997."

In his second start for Team Valor, "The Captain" upset unbeaten Pulpit to score in the Grade I Florida Derby. He won the $500,000 Wood Memorial in his next start so impressively, he was favored for the Kentucky Derby.

Captain Bodgit was post-time favorite for both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He missed winning the Derby by a head in a hard-fought battle as Silver Charm prevailed after a prolonged stretch duel. It was nearly 5 lengths back to third-place finisher Free House, with Blue Grass Stakes winner Pulpit fourth.

Fans bet him to reverse the placings with Silver Charm in the Preakness, but he ran out of room and was beaten in a photo finish when a neck back at Pimlico. Captain Bodgit closed an enormous amount of ground in the final 100 yards in a fixture voted the "race of the year" in a fan poll conducted by The Blood-Horse.

Captain Bodgit injured a tendon, most likely when over-extending himself in the Preakness stretch run, and was immediately retired. A half-interest in him was sold for $1.25 million to Margaux Stud in Kentucky, where he entered stud in February, 1998. He currently stands in Canada.

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