2012 Kentucky Derby: I'll Have Another Outlasts Bodemeister For Victory

I'll Have Another won the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday

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2012 Kentucky Derby Reaction: Can I'll Have Another Win The Preakness Stakes?

Will there be a Triple Crown at stake when Belmont Stakes is run on June 11 at Belmont Park? For that to be the case Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another is first going to have to negotiate the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, on May 19th.

Owner Paul Reddam left no doubt that I’ll Have Another win run in the Preakness in two weeks, saying “Preakness, here we come.”

Can I’ll Have Another win the Preakness?

“We certainly didn’t know we would win the race today, but we were confident the horse was going to run well. We never really talked about what happens next. Of course, subconsciously that was always the plan, certainly,” Reddam said. “We gave the horse only two preps this year. Part of the idea was we knew we had a good horse, and we wanted to make sure he was fresh because the Triple Crown is a gamble and it looks like it paid off. We’ve only run three times this year, so Preakness, here we come.”

— For more race analysis, see the SB Nation StoryStream


2012 Kentucky Derby Triple Crown Results: 'I'll Have Another' Wins 138th Kentucky Derby

The winner of the 138th Kentucky Derby is ... I'll Have Another.

I'll Have Another was ridden by Mario Gutierrez – who was riding in his first ever Kentucky Derby – trained by Doug O'Neil, and owned by J. Paul Reddam.

Bodemeister – who was the favorite for the majority week – flew out of the gates and led for most of the race. I'll Have Another made his move from the middle of the pack during the final stretch, overtaking Bodemesiter with approximately 100 yards remaining.

Today's win marks the first time in Derby history that the horse in the 19th pole position has won. I'll Have Another began the day with 12/1 odds.

Below is a video of the entire race:

See SB Nation's And Down The Stretch They Come for full race analysis. You can also follow the SB Nation StoryStream, as well as our coverage here at SB Nation New York.


Kentucky Derby Predictions 2012: Experts See Possible Long Shots

Everybody loves a winner. It's just that when it comes to horse racing, nobody wants to bet on the favorite to be winner. Where is the fun in that? More importantly, where is the money in that? There isn't any -- or at least, not much.

When bettors head to the window at the track, their local OTB parlor or wherever to plunk down some cash on Saturday's 138th running of the Kentucky Derby odds are that many of them will be looking for a big payday -- looking to ride a long shot horse to a fat wallet. Sure, you could bet on favored Bodemeister (4-1) or Union Rags (9-2), but if you are looking for a riskier proposition -- and a bigger potential payoff -- here are some ideas from the experts.

Kentucky Derby 2012: Examining possible longshot winners - - Sporting News

Anything can happen in the Derby, they say.

Why not this one?

Four horses to consider for the role of longshot victor on Saturday for the $2,219,600 purse are: Prospective (30-1); I'll Have Another, stuck in the 19th post position (12-1); El Padrino, hot during the spring, cool and forgotten by May (20-1) and Take Charge Indy (15-1).

Kentucky Derby Preview | KentuckyDerby.com

Saturday's Kentucky Derby has a pair of top contenders in Bodemeister and Union Rags, but I've never seen a Kentucky Derby field so deep with viable win options. A compelling case can probably be made for half the field.

I've identified eight logical win candidates (in alphabetical order) -- Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Dullahan, Gemologist, Hansen, I'll Have Another, Take Charge Indy and Union Rags -- and could've included Alpha and Daddy Nose Best in the mix as well.

2012 Kentucky Derby: Picks And Predictions - SBNation.com
If the Kentucky Derby was just a matter of selecting the best horse, I'd pick Bodemeister and call it a day. Unfortunately, the Derby isn't that simple. The pace, trip and distance are too important to simply pick a winner based on talent.

I won't be a bit surprised if Bodemeister wins the Derby, but the wagering gods have me looking at others for a bit more value. I'll have some money on Bode, but he won't be my prime bet.

The majority of my plays on Saturday are going to involve putting Dullahan and Alpha in the top spot, with Union Rags, Creative Cause, I'll Have Another, and El Padrino on the bottom. In Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers, I'll use all of those horses, along with Bodemeister.

Kentucky Derby 2012: Horses and Jockeys (via sbnation)


2012 Kentucky Derby: Updated Odds, Friday Morning

Here are the updated odds for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby as of Friday morning. These are the odds currently posted at Bovada as of 10 a.m. ET.

Bodemeister 4/1
Union Rags 9/2
Gemologist 6/1
Dullahan 8/1
Hansen 10/1
Take Charge Indy 12/1
Creative Cause 12/1
Alpha 14/1
I’ll Have Another 14/1
Daddy Nose Best 18/1
El Padrino 22/1
Went The Day Well 25/1
Daddy Long Legs 30/1
Prospective 30/1
Sabercat 35/1
Done Talking 40/1
Trinniberg 40/1
Optimizer 45/1
Liaison 50/1
Rousing Sermon 50/1

Post time for the race is 6:24 p.m. ET on Saturday. SB Nation New York will be following the changing odds, and any other Derby news, as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown draws closer.

The final leg of the Triple Crown is, of course, the Belmont Stakes, run at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

You can also find plenty of information at SB Nation’s And Down The Stretch They Come.


2012 Kentucky Derby Picks, Predictions, Expert Analysis

The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown. Here is a look at some pre-race predictions, opinion and analysis.

Which horse will win 138th Kentucky Derby? - KansasCity.com
The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby features one of the deepest fields in recent memory. No less than 10 of the 20 horses have a realistic chance of winning, but some of those will be overlays while others will be underlays based on past performances and post positions.

Regardless of which colt crosses the wire first, the easiest bet to cash might be the one that correctly chooses the horse to finish last. The pick here is the speedster, Trinniberg, a horse that has never run farther than 7 furlongs. Look for him to back up approaching the far turn.

2012 Kentucky Derby: Bodemeister by a Nose - The Washington Post
Before Bodemeister performed so brilliantly in Arkansas, I was planning to pick and bet Daddy Nose Best in the Derby. But as a speed handicapper I have to believe in Bodemeister. I will play trifectas and superfectas using both Bodemeister and Daddy Nose Best in the top spot, with a mix of stretch-running types underneath them. But my key Derby play is a cold exacta: Bodemeister-Daddy Nose Best.

Kentucky Derby: Is Hansen really “The Great White Hope?” - The Early Lead - The Washington Post

Hansen, the reigning 2-year-old champion, may not win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, but it’ll be nearly impossible not to watch him.

He will be the seemingly white horse in the field of 20, the one whose owner has been known to wear a “Great White Hope” T-shirt and the one Frank Deford calls “a four-legged Steve Martin.”

The Associated Press: 5 horses to watch in Saturday's Kentucky Derby
Here's a look at five 3-year-olds to watch when the starting gate springs open for the most exciting two minutes in sports.

Who Do You Like? Betting the Kentucky Derby - Forbes
For serious players, the field of 20 horses offers the chance to get unusually high odds on horses with a good chance of winning. It also offers a handicapping puzzle: none of the horses will have run at the distance of a mile and a quarter; none has ever run against this many horses; most of them have never raced against each other.

But dedicated handicappers relish the challenge, and here, a few offer their thoughts on the race, wagering plans, and predictions:


2012 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds: Bodemeister 4-1 Morning Line Favorite

Bodemeister, winner of the Grade One Arkansas Derby, has been established as the 4-1 morning line favorite in the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. The Derby will be run Saturday (6:24 p.m. ET, NBC).

Union Rags is 9-2, Gemologist is 6-1, Dullahan 8-1 and Hansen 10-1. We will update the odds daily for you leading up to the race.

Alpha 15/1
Bodemeister 4/1
Creative Cause 12/1
Daddy Long Legs 30/1
Daddy Nose Best 15/1
Done Talking 50/1
Dullahan 8/1
El Padrino 20/1
Gemologist 6/1
Hansen 10/1
I'll Have Another 12/1
Liaison 50/1
My Adonis 50/1
Optimizer 50/1
Prospective 30/1
Rousing Sermon 50/1
Sabercat 30/1
Take Charge Indy 10/1
Trinniberg 50/1
Union Rags 9/2
Went The Day Well 20/1

-- See SB Nation's And Down The Stretch They Come for full race analysis. You can also follow the SB Nation StoryStream, as well as our coverage here at SB Nation New York.


2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Long-Shot Trinniberg Familiar To New York Horse Racing Fans

Kentucky Derby long-shot Trinniberg should be no stranger to New York horse racing enthusiasts. Currently a 45-1 long-shot in the 21-horse field, Trinniberg has a resume dotted with a number of appearances at New York racetracks.

In August of 2011 Trinniberg placed fifth in the Grade II Three Chimneys Saratoga Special over 61/2 furlongs at Saratoga Race Course. In September at Saratoga, Trinniberg placed second over seven furlongs in the Grade I Three Chimneys Hopeful. In October, Trinniberg ran six furlongs at Belmont Park, placing second in the Grade II Nashua.

In April, Trinniberg won the Grade III Bayshore at Aqueduct Race Track, again over seven furlongs.

Trinniberg is owned by Shivananda Racing and trained by Bisnath Parboo. He will be ridden Saturday by jockey Willie Martinez, who began his career as a groom and hotwalker at Finger Lakes Race Track, a tiny thoroughbred track in Western New York.

— Stay with SB Nation New York’s Kentucky Derby coverage all week long.


Kentucky Derby Contenders 2012: Gemologist Coming Off Wood Memorial Victory

Gemologist is currently the 7-1 third choice in the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, which will be held Saturday at Churchill Downs. Gemologist prepped for the Derby by winning the Wood Memorial over 11/8 miles at New York’s Aqueduct Race Track on April 7.

As a two-year-old Gemologist won the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs last November. He also earned a victory over six furlongs in his debut at Turfway Park.

Gemologist is trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the 2010 Derby as trainer of Super Saver. The horse is owned by WinStar Farm. He will be ridden on Saturday by jockey Javier Castellano.

Race co-favorites at this juncture are Bodemeister and Union Rags, each at 9-2.

— Stay with us here at SB Nation New York as we preview the race throughout the week. We will have odds, post positions, TV information and updates on horses with New York connections.


Kentucky Derby Contenders 2012: Union Rags Earned Victory At Saratoga

As things stand now, Union Rags is a 9-2 co-favorite (with Bodemeister) for Saturday's 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Yes, New York horse racing fans, you should be familiar with the name.

Union Rags raced twice in New York as a two-year-old. in August at Saratoga Race Course Union Rags won the 61/2-furlong Three Chimneys Saratoga Special by six lengths. In October at Belmont Park he outran Alpha by more than five lengths for another victory.

Union Rags placed second to Hansen in the November Breeders' Cup Juvenile, won the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park in February and placed third in the Florida Derby March 31, also at Gulfstream. Take Charge Indy and Reveron finished ahead of him.

Union Rags is owned by Chadds Ford Stable and trained by Michael Matz, who also trained 2006 Kentucky Derby champion Barbaro. Union Rags will be ridden Saturday by Julien Leparoux.


2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Bodemeister A Co-Favorite

Bodemeister is currently a 9-2 co-favorite (along with Union Rags) as Saturday's 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, approaches.

Bodemeister has only two career starts, a second place in the San Felipe at Santa Anita Park (Creative Cause was the winner) and a victory April 14 in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Bodemeister won that race in a wire-to-wire effort by 91/2 lengths over Secret Circle.

The colt is owned by Zayat Stables and trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. The colt did not race as a two-year-old. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be aboard Bodemeister in Saturday's Derby.

The final leg of the Triple Crown is, of course, the Belmont Stakes, held at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

-- Stay with SB Nation New York all week as we preview the annual Run For The Roses.


2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Alpha Should Be Familiar To New York Horse Racing Fans

Alpha, one of the 21 horses scheduled to go post-ward this Saturday in the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, should be familiar to New York horse racing fans. Alpha, currentlly listed with 11-1 odds of winning the first leg of horse racing' Triple Crown, has four career starts, three in New York.

Alpha placed second in the Champage at Belmont Park last October, was victorious in the Withers at Aqueduct in February and placed second in the Wood Memorial just three weeks ago. Alpha's only other career start came in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last November, a disappointing 11th-place effort.

Alpha is owned by Godolphin, a global racing operation founded by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister and ruler of Dubai and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. Jockey Alan Garcia will be aboard for the Derby ride.

-- Follow our StoryStream for more as the race draws near. See full horse racing coverage at And Down The Stretch They Come.

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