CINCINNATI When Ryan Hanigan isn't wearing his hockey-style mask behind home plate as a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds he likes to horse around.
The 31-year-old jockey-sized (in comparison to most baseball players) catcher is in the horse business, the owner one racehorse, seven breeding broodmares, three foals and two racers in training.
So, it's time for an insider tip on who is going to win Saturday's Kentucky Derby, right.
Without hesitation, Hanigan says, "Bodemeister."
But he also acknowledges that the field is one of the strongest in many years and any one of a half dozen thoroughbreds could wear the roses.
When somebody mentioned that the white horse, Hanson, might be a little short on the distance, Hanigan smiled and said, "Well, we'll see.
"There are a lot of good horses in this field and it's a good race to not bet the favorites," he said. "Bodemeister won so impressively in the last race (Arkansas Derby) he ran and he looks so good."
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