Yesterday’s post draw finalized, barring a late scratch, the 2012 Preakness Stakes field. Eleven horses will make a run at the second leg of the Triple Crown Series, including Kentucky Derby winner and runner up I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister. Despite I’ll Have Another’s victorious run at Churchill Downs, the colt finds itself a slight underdog to Derby favorite Bodemeister in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. Following the release of yesterday’s Preakness Stakes Post Positions, the latest Horse Racing Odds have Bodemeister, who drew Post #7, as a 7 to 4 favorite while I’ll Have Another, who will jump from Post #9, is listed at 5 to 2 odds to keep its Triple Crown hopes alive.
While there are nine other horses in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes field, most of the attention is presently centered on two colts, I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister. And for good reason. The duo took the top two spots at the 2012 Kentucky Derby and each was impressive in its own right at Churchill Downs.
I’ll Have Another’s late charge after starting from Post #19 (no other horse had ever won the Derby starting out of gate 19) was stunning, despite the colt’s impressive track record coming into the Derby. I’ll Have Another’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, had never won a Triple Crown race and its jockey, Mario Gutierrez, had never had a Derby mount.
Bodemeister’s second place finish was also somewhat startling after the colt set a record pace in the early going. The fact that it held onto to second is testament to Bodemeister’s racing pedigree and the main reason it is favored over I’ll Have Another in the shorter (1 3/16 miles) Preakness.
Also working in Bodemeister’s favor is the Post 7 draw. Since 1989 seven Preakness Stakes winners have jumped from Post 7, including 2010 champion Lookin at Lucky (another Bob Baffert trained colt), Big Brown, Smarty Jones, and Silver Charm.
2012 Preakness Stakes Post Positions: Provided by Bovada.lv
#1 Tiger Walk 33/1
#2 Teeth of the Dog 15/1
#3 Pretension 33/1
#4 Zetterholm 22/1
#5 Went the Day Well 6/1
#6 Creative Cause 7/1
#7 Bodemeister 7/4
#8 Daddy Nose Best 14/1
#9 I’ll Have Another 5/2
#10 Optimizer 33/1
#11 Cozetti 33/1