2012 Preakness Stakes: I’ll Have Another Wins Preakness Stakes, Will Run For Triple Crown at Belmont
I'll Have Another won the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimilico Race Track in Baltimore on Saturday to become the first horse since 2008 to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. In a near-repeat of May 5th's Kentucky Derby, jockey Mario Gutierrez brought I'll Have Another from behind to pass favored Bodemeister and win the Preakness by a neck in a time of 1:55.94. Creative Cause finished third.
Trained by Doug O'Neill and owned by J. Paul Reddam, I'll Have Another will run at the Belmont in New York on June 9 in attempt to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Eleven other horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown since Affirmed's title 34 years ago. The last was Big Brown in 2008.
A 2-1 favorite, Bodemeister set a blistering pace and led the race until I'll Have Another sprinted down the homestretch to win in front of a crowd of approximately 115,000. I’ll Have Another paid $8.40 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.80 to show. Bodemeister returned $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show, and Creative Cause paid $3.60 to show.