The Internet Is Officially Obsessed With This Preakness Horse Who Bucked Off His Jockey And Ran The Race Without Him

A runaway horse at The Preakness totally stole the internet’s heart after sassily bucking off his jockey.

The three-year-old racehorse, Bodexpress, and rider John Velazquez started the race awkwardly, with the horse suddenly jumping sideways once the gates opened. Velazquez wasn’t injured in the fall, but Bodexpress sprinted away, clearly determined to run Preakness alone.

Bodexpress then took an epic victory lap despite being disqualified.


Bodexpress is the son of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, but he’s never won a major race.

And while running rampant through The Preakness won’t win him any horseracing trophies, the Associated Press is calling Bodexpress a “social media champion” for trending on Twitter all weekend.

Longtime jockey Velazquez spoke out after being suddenly bucked off: 

“When the doors opened, I was off right from the start. He kind of jumped sideways. I had my feet out of the irons so I lost my balance then, I went off. He was just not behaving good in the gate. He got me against the wall…”

Here’s a replay of Bodexpress ditching his rider. I’m ok with this flex. 

People were delighted by Bodexpress’s race of defiance. 

Many crowned him the unofficial Preakness winner.

There’s plenty of ‘horsing around’ on Twitter over the naughty escape. 

But others are insisting Bodexpress modeled ideal behavior. 

Yeah, maybe it was a bit rude of Bodexpress to jettison his jockey into the dirt. But you’ve gotta admire this horse’s rebellious moment of glory. His free-spirited dash at Preakness is inspiring people worldwide to run free  — no matter the obstacle.

Either that, or Bodexpress took “Old Town Roadway too literally.