July 25, 2024

Bodexpress becomes social media sensation after completing Preakness riderless

Bodexpress galloping in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico on May 18, 2019, after rearing in the gate at the start and dumping jockey John Velazquez (c) Equi-Sport Photos/Wendy Wooley

War of Will’s victory wasn’t the only headline coming out of Saturday’s Preakness (G1). The maiden Bodexpress became an instant celebrity after unseating Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez at the start, eluding capture by the outriders, and running the whole race by himself. Only well afterward was he finally rounded up.

Fans and media outlets alike celebrated his performance, so much so that Bodexpress transcended the purely racing world and captured the wider public’s attention as an avatar of individual freedom. Not only did Bodexpress turn into a Twitter Moment, but he also earned a parody account – “Riderless Horse.”