May 5, 2012; Louisville, KY, USA; Mario Gutierrez aboard I'll Have Another is celebrates in the winner's circle after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Kentucky Derby champion I'll Have Another goes for a victory in the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown on Saturday in the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. Post time Saturday is set for 6:18 p.m. ET with television coverage from NBC.
Thirteen horses, including Derby runner-up Bodemeister, are currently expected to go post-ward in an effort to spoil the Triple Crown bid by I'll Have Another, which would take some of the spotlight off the 2012 Belmont Stakes, the Triple Crown's third leg. Bodemeister, owner by Zayat Stables of Hackensack, N.J. was the favored horse in the Kentucky Derby but could not hold off I'll Have Another during the stretch run.
I'll Have Another went off with 15-1 odds in the Derby and outran Bodemeister by 11/4-lengths for the victory. I'll Have Another is unbeaten in three starts this year, having also won the Robert G. Lewis Stakes and the Santa Anita Derby.
The 2012 Belmont Stakes, in Elmont, N.Y., is scheduled for June 9. No horse has won racing's Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Four times in the last decade horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown but failed to win the Belmont -- War Emblem (2002), Funny Cide (2003), Smarty Jones (2004) and most recently Big Brown (2008). Saturday we find out if I'll Have Another can become the latest horse to have a shot at history in the Belmont.
Below is a look at the expected field for Saturday's race.
|Creative Cause||Heinz Steinmann||Mike Harrington||Joel Rosario||James C. Weigel|
|Went the Day Well||Team Valor International and Mark Ford||H. Graham Motion||John R. Velazquez||James Patrick Delaney|
|Teeth of the Dog||J. W. Singer||Michael Matz||Joe Bravo||Royal Pegasus|
|Tiger Walk||Sagamore Farm||Ignacio Correas IV||Kent Desormeaux||River Bend Farm|
|Isn't He Clever||J. Kirk & Judy Robinson||Steven Asmussen||TBA||Monticule|
|Optimizer||Bluegrass Hall||D. Wayne Lukas||Corey Nakatani||Bluegrass Hall|
|Hierro||Stonestreet Stables||Steven M. Asmussen||Julien Leparoux||Sally Andersen|
|Bodemeister||Zayat Stables and Southern Equine Stable||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith||Audley Farm, Inc.|
|Pretension||Kidwells Petite Stable||Christopher Grove||Javier Santiago||Sequel Thoroughbreds and A. Lakin & Sons|
|Hansen||Kendell Hensen, M.D. and Sky Chai Racing||Michael Maker||Ramon Dominguez||Dr. Kendall Hansen|
|Zetterholm||Winter Park Partners||Richard Dutrow Jr.||Junior Alvarado||Anthony Grey|
|Cozzetti||Albaugh Family Stables||Dale Romans||Jose Lezcano||Soc. Agr. Santa Elena De Chimbarongo|
|Brimstone Island||William A. Campbell||William A. Campbell||Xavier Perez||Glencrest Farm|