Will I’ll Have Another have another? That is the question everyone is asking with the second leg of the Triple Crown Series a mere five days away. The Flower Alley sired colt will try its hand, or rather feet, at the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes this Saturday, May 19th at the Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland. The latest Horse Racing Odds have the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner listed as a +200 moneyline favorite, along with Derby runner-up Bodemeister, to win this weekend’s Run for the Black-Eyed Susans. Saturday’s event will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network at approximately 4:30pm ET.
I’ll Have Another will look to keep its Triple Crown hopes alive this Saturday when it runs in the 137th Preakness Stakes. The Doug O’Neill trained colt figures to have plenty of competition in the 1 3/16 miles race as Derby horses Bodemeister, Dullahan, Hansen, Went The Day Well, Liaison, and Creative Cause are also part of the Preakness field.
I’ll Have Another, who employed a late charge down the back stretch to win the longer Derby (1 1/4 miles), should receive its biggest challenge from Bodemeister. The product of Empire Maker ran a brilliant race at Churchill Downs two weekends ago, but its stunning early pace proved just a bit too much as the colt tired some over the last 200 yards. Bodemeister, who was a 9 to 2 favorite to win the Derby, is also trained by five time Preakness Stakes winner Bob Baffert.
I’ll Have Another would join some select company if it can turn back Bodemeister and the rest of the Preakness field as only 32 horses have won both the Derby and Preakness Stakes. Of course, only 11 of those went on to win the Belmont as well, the last being Affirmed in 1978. Should I’ll Have Another emerge victorious on Saturday, it will join War Emblem, Funny Cide, Smarty Jones, and Big Brown as the fifth horse to pull off a Derby and Preakness double since the year 2000.
2012 Preakness Stakes Odds: Provided by SBG Global
I’ll Have Another +200
Creative Cause +800
Went The Day Well +800
Isn’t He Clever +1500
Brimstone Island +2000
Teeth of the Dog +2500
Tiger Walk +2500
Guyana Star Dweej +2500
Field (Any Other Horse) -500