It was one of the most thrilling horse races in recent memory. Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another took advantage of a late burst of speed to win this evening at the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes here in Baltimore, keeping its hopes alive for the prized Triple Crown.
I’ll Have Another entered the race with 3-1 odds, behind favorite Bodemeister with 2-1 odds.
Bodemeister took an early lead and stayed ahead for most of the 2012 Preakness, but on the home stretch, I’ll Have Another broke free, charging up the side and past Bodemeister to score a dramatic win. It almost looked as if the other horses were moving in slow motion!
Bodemeister came in second and Creative Cause took third.
“I have to say there was a point where I didn’t think we were going to get there,” said I’ll Have Another owner J. Paul Reddam.
“Bodemeister was running his guts out. It was a fantastic race. I didn’t feel confident we were going to get there until about 10 yards from the wire.”
The 3-year-old colt stunned the racing world at the Kentucky Derby by dashing past favorite Bodemeister to win.
Like today, Bodemeister led for most of that race as well before being overtaken late by I’ll Have Another.
“I’m just numb; it’s incredible,” said I’ll Have Another trainer Doug O’Neill. “We’re thinking Triple Crown, baby!”
Check out video of the race below.
- 2012 Preakness Winner: I’ll Have Another Passes Bodemeister Again, Wins Preakness (newyork.sbnation.com)
- I’ll Have Another Wins Preakness Stakes To Keep 2012 Triple Crown Hopes Alive (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Preakness 2012 Results: I’ll Have Another, Triple Crown A Reality With Late Win Over Bodemeister (cleveland.sbnation.com)
- I’ll Have Another captures Preakness Stakes (radio.woai.com)