Bodemeister Colt Was ‘Always’ Special


Always Dreaming

Expectations are always high when a horse is purchased for several hundred thousand dollars. However, those expectations don’t always come to fruition. For Matthew O’Connor, the 19-year-old nephew of Anthony Bonomo, a part-owner of Florida Derby (GI) winner and leading Kentucky Derby (GI) candidate Always Dreaming under the name of Brooklyn Boyz Stable, seeing the son of Bodemeister develop into what he is today has been what can only be described as the ride of a lifetime.

In the spring and summer of 2016 before entering his freshman year of college, O’Connor worked in the barn of Dominick Schettino, who at the time trained Bonomo’s horses and managed Always Dreaming’s early prep before the colt was sent to trainer Todd Pletcher. O’Connor happily recalls the day that year’s 2-year-olds arrived at Belmont Park and the day he first saw Always Dreaming…

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