“Bode is a very intelligent man and a good horseman,” Kendall Hansen, a Northern Kentucky physician and the horse’s other co-owner, said after Miller signed on in April. “He learned a lot about physiology from his work on the U.S. Olympic Team, and he’s relaying that knowledge to horse racing, as well. He sees what we see up close [in Fast and Accurate], and he realizes we do actually have an outside chance to win, even though on paper it doesn’t exactly look that way. I remember crossing out [2009 Kentucky Derby winner] Mine That Bird, who had no chance.
“A couple of mutual friends got us together, because we’ve both been known to be somewhat eccentric and fun-loving,” Hansen added. “It’s fun to be paired up with him. I’m looking forward to hanging out with him on Kentucky Derby day.”
The 2010 Olympic super combined gold medalist first became interested in horse racing while he was still competing on the slopes, according to America’s Best Racing. He and Hansen also own En Hanse, who won Feburary’s WEBN Stakes at Turfway in Kentucky before finishing ninth at the Spiral Stakes one month later at the same track. Miller also had a share of Carving, which won the 2012 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Miller reportedly is planning a comeback for the 2018 Winter Games even though he turns 40 in October. In the meantime, he’ll settle for a different type of track.