In a virtual repeat of the Kentucky Derby, I’ll Have Another ran down Bodemeister to win Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
Will I’ll Have Another end the Triple Crown drought? – photo by Eclipse Sportswire
Bodemeister set a controlled tempo as expected and briefly appeared home free in the lane but I’ll Have Another put in a relentless rally and stuck his neck out in deep stretch.
It was almost nine lengths back to show finisher Creative Cause.
I’ll Have Another completed his nine and one-half furlong journey in 1:55.94 and paid $8.40 as the second betting choice. Once again, Mario Gutierrez rode the son of Flower Alley perfectly for Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill.
Bodemeister was game in defeat and has accomplished so much this year for trainer Bob Baffert. The Preakness was his third start in the last five weeks and he is not expected to contest the Belmont Stakes.
I’ll Have Another will attempt a Triple Crown sweep in the Belmont Stakes on June 9. If he pulls it off he would be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Let’s recap the entire Preakness field…
1st – I’ll Have Another: Ran down Bodemeister again. He has won four straight and goes for Triple Crown at Belmont on June 9.
2nd – Bodemeister: Looked home free but once again he ran out of gas late. He has been very busy this year and has earned a rest.
3rd – Creative Cause: Did all of the pace dirty work and could not match strides with the top two. He is another in need of a break.
4th – Zetterholm: NY-bred ended up an okay 4th for Dutrow. I would not be shocked if he showed up in the Belmont Stakes.
5th – Teeth of the Dog: Second stringer for Matz ran about as well as expected and remains a few notches below the best.
6th – Optimizer: Has now dropped eight straight on conventional dirt. He clearly prefers turf or synthetic.
7th – Cozzetti: G2 Tampa Bay Derby show finisher remains eligible for an entry level spot. Lone win in slop at CD.
8th – Tiger Walk: Stalked and faded on Saturday. Graduated on turf and could end up back on that footing.
9th – Daddy Nose Best: Has won on dirt, synthetic, and turf so Asmussen has plenty of options in the coming months.
10th – Went The Day Well: Motion trainee barely lifted a hoof. He handles any ground and is much better than he showed today.
11th Pretension: NY-bred needs a much easier spot.