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Riderless horse Bodexpress quickly became the Preakness MVP

May 18, 2019, 6:07 PM

Bodexpress runs in the 144th Preakness Stakes horse race without John Velazquez at Pimlico race cou...

Bodexpress runs in the 144th Preakness Stakes horse race without John Velazquez at Pimlico race course, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Baltimore. War of Will, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione won. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

It’s not often in a major horse race that the winning horse isn’t the talk of the day, but that just so happened to be the situation on Saturday at the Preakness Stakes.

Bodexpress, running in the 9th position, bucked its Hall of Fame jockey, John Velazquez, off in the starting gate — and kept running the race.

With Kentucky Derby winner Country House not participating in the Preakness, it gave an even greater platform for folks to witness just exactly what Bodexpress was going to do with its newfound freedom.

Not only did Bodexpress end up finishing the race — officially it was disqualified — but the horse didn’t even cross the finish line last.

Social media quickly became ablaze with praise and awe for Bodexpress, which has a more likely chance of becoming a household name than the actual Preakness winner, War of Will.

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