The good news is that jockey, who has won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes twice apiece, told NBC after the race that he is okay. "Very happy for the horse".
It's a breakthrough for Gaffalione, who has become something of a rising star since being named top apprentice rider in 2015.
Unencumbered by a jockey and suddenly free to run wherever he darn pleased, Bodexpress made a decision to take a shot at winning the Preakness.
While War of Will was the technical victor of the 2019 Preakness, it's clear that the real victor, at least in our hearts, is Bodexpress, the horse that chose to run the race without a jockey.
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And two-time Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert said he probably won't take Improbable to the Belmont after finishing out of the money in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness as the favourite. "He was not sitting really well", Velazquez said.
"He was acting pretty well and then he got fired up and then after that, when horses do that it just takes a lot of energy out", said Baffert, who was denied a record-setting eighth Preakness win.
"He's got so much heart, " Gaffalione said.
For the first time since 1951, the Preakness was without any of the top four horses that crossed the finish line in the Kentucky Derby. "We always knew he had the ability".
Maximum Security, the horse that was pretty dominant during the Derby, but was controversially disqualified after the race, also dropped out. The horse was "acting like he was going to get sick" and developed a cough after the Preakness. There have been 23 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park in California over a span of three months.
In Maryland, the Stronach Group that owns the track - and also Santa Anita - is embroiled in an ongoing quarrel with local politicians over the future of the Preakness at historic but aging Pimlico or the owners' favored Laurel Park about 30 miles south.
All over the country, horse racing is fending off a threat to its very existence in the form of legalized sports gambling.
The Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico, and the Maryland Jockey Club confirmed the death in a statement: "Commission veterinarians attended to the horse immediately".