War of Will took the second jewel of the Triple Crown Sunday but all eyes were on Bodeexpress, a jockeyless horse who lost his rider at the starting gate but kept on running.
Bodexpress continued around the track and evaded outriders trying to corral him. Eventually, an outrider did catch up to the three year old horse and the equine looked fine, and frankly, a bit proud, as he trotted off the track, according to TV coverage.
In throwing off his jockey John Velasquez and running his heart out, Bodeexpress became an Internet sensation winning praise for running as a passion, not just as his profession.
This drawing of Bodeexpress by Goosetooths is inspiring
he ran his victory lap and galloped straight into our hearts. #Preakness #Bodeexpress pic.twitter.com/ZmsgZ8cpNY
— s.e. is drawing cowboys (@goosetooths) 19 mai 2019
#BodeExpress kicking off the jockey and running the #Preakness144 without a rider was so awesome. He was like a free soul just running his heart off in the race. Best thing to watch on TV so far
— Greg Waite (@gregwaite) May 18, 2019
Get off me bro…#PreaknessStakes #BodeExpress pic.twitter.com/ojGPYO2AtW
— SBR Sports Picks (@SBRSportsPicks) May 18, 2019
praised for running with passion, not just as his profession
#BodeExpress is the midweek inspiration that I needed. Despite losing his jockey at the very start of the race, he ran hard, didn’t let the side refs take him out, DIDN’T finish last, AND ran an extra lap b/c running is his passion not just his profession.
— Sara Linden (@lindie_love) May 18, 2019
#BodeExpress at @PreaknessStakes
*Completed his task without direction
*Finished strong without someone cracking the whip
*Ran an extra lap because he loves his job
*Didn’t complain a bit
*Will be ready to work out in the morning.
Shouldn’t we all have co-workers like this? pic.twitter.com/Tx3mbtYujS
— Rick Karle (@RickKarle) 19 mai 2019
From the middle of the chaos of the #KYDerby, to the winner of the #Preakness.
War of Will takes the second jewel of the Triple Crown. pic.twitter.com/MzXHpj0GPr
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 18, 2019
Bucks the jockey and keeps going #Bodexpress pic.twitter.com/nOC4zD1xrg
— Josh Hamm (@joshhamm14) May 18, 2019