|Written by Michael|
Bet on HorsesThere has never been a longer drought between Triple Crown winners in horse racing than there is now. Affirmed was the last horse to do this, having won in 1978. I'll Have Another has a potential to end the drought and win the Triple Crown.
I'll Have Another, who is trained by Doug O'Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, won the Preakness Stakes, thus giving him a chance at the Triple Crown during the Belmont Stakes on June 9. The fast and firm track at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course was conducive to a tight run.
Bodemeister, a horse trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, was the favorite heading into the race and had taken up the lead for much of the race. However, much like in the Kentucky Derby, I'll Have Another went on the charge near the end of the race and was able to take over Bodemeister at the end.
I'll Have Another was a little closer to Bodemeister throughout the race than he was in Kentucky. Interestingly enough, the distances between the two horses in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes are nearly the same as what was experienced between Affirmed and Alydar in 1978.
Whereas I'll Have Another beat Bodemeister in Kentucky by one and a half lengths, he only won by a neck in Baltimore. These were the same distances between Affirmed and Alydar in 1978's races.
Creative Cause finish in third place. Creative Cause had actually beaten the win and place horses in other races in the past. He was nine lengths back for third. Zetterholm finished in fourth place to complete the superfecta. He was ten lengths behind and did not pose a serious threat.
I'll Have Another will be looking to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes at the Belmont Park race track outside New York. The Belmont Stakes is twelve furlongs, or 1.5 miles, long. This is much longer than the 9.5 furlong or 1 3/16 mile Preakness Stakes.