Sunday, May 20, 2012

Race Horse I'll Have Another Wins Preakness, Eyes Triple Crown

Posted By on Sun, May 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

A tractor works to maintain the dirt track at Les Bois.
  • A tractor works to maintain the dirt track at Les Bois.

After trailing front-runner and rival Bodemeister early in the 137th Preakness Saturday, May 19, in Baltimore, Md., I'll Have Another surged through the Pimlico stretch to overtake the leader.

Winning by a neck, the win marks the second Triple Crown triumph for the chestnut colt, who took home a win at this year's Kentucky Derby.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez pushed the horse to a win with only a few yards to go, marking a more aggressive stride than the Kentucky Derby win. Now Gutierrez, trainer Doug O'Neill and owner Paul Reddam have set their sights on the Triple Crown.

That coveted title has been bestowed on fewer than a dozen horses in history, including equestrian star Secretariat, by winning the Derby, Preakness and the upcoming one-and-a-half mile Belmont Stakes. Since Affirmed became the 11th Triple Crown winner in 1978, 11 other horses have completed the first two legs only to fall flat at the Belmont.

BIg Brown failed to finish at the Belmont in 2008, the last horse to attempt the crown. Local racetrack Les Bois simulcast the win during their Saturday races.

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