What a scene it would have been.
Bodemeister, the 4-1 morning line favorite, seemed to run effortlessly around most of track at Churchill Downs on Saturday, opening a lead of four lengths coming out of the final turn.
He would have been trainer Bob Baffert's fourth Kentucky Derby winner. He would have invoked reverential talk of horses gone by. He would have been the next one with a true shot at ending a Triple Crown drought that has lasted since 1978.
But Bodemeister — whose name comes from a nickname for Baffert's son Bode — got tired. Baffert, who suffered a heart attack in Dubai in late March, appeared calm afterward.