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Captain Bodgit

Captain Bodgit
Sire Saint Ballado
Dam Answering Echo
Grandsire Halo
Damsire Greek Answer
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1994
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Edward Wiest
Owner Team Valor Stable
Trainer Gary Capuano
Record 12: 7-1-4
Earnings $1,014,849
Captain Bodgit is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Answering Echo by Saint Ballado. He was born around 1994 in the United States, and was bred by Edward Wiest.
Major wins
Laurel Futurity Stakes (1996)
Dover Stakes (1996)
Bimelech Stakes (1996)
Florida Derby (1997)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1997)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 7, 2009

Captain Bodgit (foaled in 1994) is a millionaire American Thoroughbred racehorse who is a multiple grade one stakes winner. He is best known for his "flying" closing finishes in the first two legs of the U.S. Triple Crown races in 1997. Out of the mare Answering Echo, his sire was Saint Ballado.[1]


Two year-old season

Captain Bodgit was a highly regarded two year-old colt training in Maryland that won the prestigious Laurel Futurity a graded stakes race after winning both the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park and Bimelech Stakes at Laurel Park. Then he shipped to Florida for the winter and spring and made an immediate impact. In Florida, Captain Bodgit finished third in his first start in the grade three Holy Bull Stakes where he closed from the clouds and impressed many. After that performance he was bought by the high end syndicate Team Valor.

Three year-old season

After Team Valor purchased Captain Bodgit they kept him in the barn of Maryland trainer Gary Capuano. He raced in the grade two Fountain of Youth Stakes and again finished third. In his second start for Team Valor, "The Captain" upset then unbeaten champion Pulpit and multiple graded stakes winner Frisk Me Now to score a big win in the grade one $1,000,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. He then shipped north to Aqueduct Racetrack in New York, New York and won the grade one $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes 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 the Preakness Stakes. He bagan the Derby by rating far back the way he had done in previous races. Then he commenced his rally midway on the turn and closed rapidly on the leaders narrowly missing at the wire. He missed winning the Derby by a scant head in a hard-fought battle as dual classic winner Silver Charm prevailed after a prolonged stretch duel. It was nearly five lengths back to third-place finisher Free House who won the Santa Anita Derby, with Blue Grass Stakes winner Pulpit fourth.

Thousands of fans bet him to reverse the placings with Silver Charm in the Preakness, making him the post time favorite again. After such an incredible finish in the Derby few thought the Preakness would keep pace. But all three top finishers in the Derby put on quite a show as all three hit the wire together in the closest three way finish in the Preakness in 85 years. But Captain Bodgit ran out of room and was beaten in a photo finish when by a neck at Pimlico. Captain Bodgit closed an enormous amount of ground in the final 100 yards in a fixture voted the "race of the decade" in a fan poll conducted by The Blood-Horse.[2] Captain Bodgit never made the Belmont as he sustained a minor injury in the Preakness Stakes and was retired.


Captain Bodgit entered stud in 1998 at Margaux Farm in Midway, Kentucky and stood there his first four seasons for a fee of $10,000. He was the sire of nine graded stakes winners including multiple graded winner Winward Passage. He is the sire of 13 stakes winners of $100,000 or more to date and had sired 42 individual winners from 89 starters in his time at Margaux. In 2003 he was sold and transferred to Questroyal Stud near New Hampton, New York for four more years at a stud fee of $5,000. His total progeny earnings are over $7 million. In 2009 he was sold and transferred to Highfield Stock Farm in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada and is standing there with a stud fee of $2,000.


  1. Pedigree Online, Thoroughbred Database;http://www.pedigreequery.com/captain+bodgit.
  2. Blodhorse Magazine, article titled "Decades Best," December 15, 1999.


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