War of Will crossed the finish line first at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, but it was the horse Bodexpress who stole the show.
Bodexpress opted out of having a jockey early in the race but continued to be a strong contender.
Jockey John Velazquez was unseated off of Bodexpress out of the gate, and the riderless No. 9 horse continued to run with the pack. Stewards flagged the incident but quickly cleared it and listed him as “did not finish.” Outriders couldn’t attempt to catch him until later in the race because of how close he was running to other horses.
Props to Bodexpress for finishing out the work day even though the boss left to go home early 😂pic.twitter.com/Z2xBhJs8Hi— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 18, 2019
At the highest level, it's not always the winner that makes the imprint on our memory. Rather, it is often something obscure that catches our eye and becomes a moment we will never forget.
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Bodexpress: Hold my oats.
The newspapers will crown War of Will the winner, but it was Bodexpress, despite finishing second-to-last, who made the event one that will stand the test of time. When we remember the 144th Preakness Stakes, it will be Bodexpress we remember.
Bodexpress to his jockey: pic.twitter.com/Itk72h22Hy— Gabe Hauari (@GabeHauari) May 18, 2019
Keep on galloping.