Preakness Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another Wins Again, Sets Up Triple Crown Run At Belmont Stakes

I'll Have Another won Saturday's Preakness Stakes and will head to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown.

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2012 Preakness Stakes Reaction: I'll Have Another Finally Earns Respect

I’ll Have Another was not the betting favorite in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes. That distinction went to Bodemeister. Now that I’ll Have Another has outdueled Bodemeister in both Triple Crown races and has a shot at a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes it’s a pretty safe bet that I’ll Have Another will be the favorite at Belmont Park.

The team around I’ll Have Another figures it’s about time.

“Going into today, I thought this horse was a really, really good horse going in. And I think after today, he’s proven this is a great horse. He’s really a great horse. I think going into that race, we’ll have a fresh Union Rags and Dullahan ready for us,” said assistant trainer Dennis O’Neill.

“But the way this horse runs, they’re going to have a hard time catching him just the way he runs. I don’t think anybody doubts he’ll get the mile and a half. So we’re excited. I can’t wait to get to New York.”

Owner J. Paul Reddam echoed the sentiment.

“I think there was a common feeling from what I read inside that the horse won the Derby because he got the perfect trip. And if he didn’t get the perfect trip, he wouldn’t have won. So it wasn’t so much the horse as the way the race went,” Reddam said.

“I think today went at what I would call a reasonable pace. He didn’t have trouble, but he was certainly wide in the first turn. He shows that he’s the real deal. He’s a real race horse. He gutted it out.

“The other horse was not stopping. He had a bang up race. To come and catch him, how could you criticize that, really? The horse has done everything that we’ve asked of him this year, and he hasn’t had the most respect. He’s never been favored, and I think for those who follow the horse and bet on them, that will be pretty rewarding. I don’t know if that will be the case next time after today’s race.”

Reddam shouldn’t worry about that.

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2012 Preakness Stakes Reaction: I'll Have Another Two-Thirds Of Way To Triple Crown

Here is some of the post-race reaction following Saturday’s Preakness Stakes,during which I’ll Have Another ran down Bodemeister in the final 100 yards to win the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. I’ll Have Another will aim to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 in the Belmont Stakes next month.

Doug O’Neill (Trainer, I’ll Have Another) – “I’m just numb. I could see him and I felt like he was coming, but you never want to expect that he’s going to be in front. I saw him coming.It seemed like the stretch never ends. Thank God. Usually you want it to end. Incredible.”

Mario Gutierrez (Jockey, I’ll Have Another) – "This is not about me. We talked about it with Mr. Reddam and Mr. O’Neill. We wanted to be a little bit closer to Bodemeister this time because normally that horse runs a huge race. My horse has a tremendous kick in the end. He has been proving that in the last three races. He didn’t disappoint again today.”

Bob Baffert (Trainer, Bodemeister) – “It’s one of those things where it’s good for the sport. It’s good for the Belmont. It’s tough.

“I felt really good about where he was. He looked like he was traveling nicely down the backside and coming to the three-eighths pole, he just sat on him. The fractions were more reasonable today, so turning for home I really thought he was going to do it. He just got a little late there at the end. The winner’s a good horse. It was a good horse race. I really can’t complain. We didn’t win it, but my horse ran his race.

Mike Smith (Jockey, Bodemeister) – “I thought I put him away but he (I’ll Have Another) reached up and got us with three strides. Two great horses and I give them all the credit for what they did.”

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2012 Preakness Video: I'll Have Another Passes Bodemeister In Incredible Finish

The 2012 Kentucky Derby and 2012 Preakness were almost mere images of each other. Both races featured the favorite, Bodemeister, shooting out of the gates to an early lead – a lead in which Bodemeister held for most of the race.

Two weeks ago, at Churchhill Downs, I'll Have Another made its move from the middle of the pack during the final stretch, eventually surpassing the favorite with about 200 yards remaining. This Saturday, at the 137th running of the Preakness, I'll Have Another did it again, but made his move much later, and passed Bodemeister with only a few yards to spare. A full video of the race can be seen here.

I'll Have Another's win sets up a Triple Crown run at the Belmont Stakes. No horse has completed the Triple Crown in 34 years.

SB Nation New York will have updates, results and more from the 2012 Preakness. SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has you covered for all your horse racing needs.

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Preakness Stakes Payouts: I'll Have Another Wins Preakness

I'll Have Another has not only won the first two legs of the 2012 Triple Crown, but the horse has also won a lot of people money.

According to NBC, here are the official payouts for the top three horses: I'll Have Another to win payed $8.40, paid $3.80 to place, and $2.80 to show. Bodemeister paid $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Creative Cause paid $3.60 to show.

Additionally, the $2.00 Exacta paid $18.60, the $1.00 Trifecta paid $35.40, and the $1.00 Superfecta – predicting the top four horses correctly – paid $424.30.

Bodemeister began the day as the favorite, with 3/2 odds of winning the Preakness. I'll Have Another wasn't far behind, with 3/1 odds.

SB Nation New York will have updates, results and more from the 2012 Preakness. SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has you covered for all your horse racing needs.

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2012 Preakness Winner: I'll Have Another Passes Bodemeister Again, Wins Preakness

The 2012 Preakness followed the same script as the 2012 Kentucky Derby. The race's favorite, Bodemesiter, jumped out to an early lead, and lead for the majority of the race. However; in the final stretch I'll Have Another made its move, surpassing Bodemesiter in the final few yards to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.

It's been 34 years since a horse has won the prestigious Triple Crown. I'll Have Another will have the opportunity to break that streak at the Belmont Stakes. The last winner of the Triple Crown was 'Affirmed', in 1978.

I'll Have Another is owned by J. Paul Reddam, was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, and trained by Doug F. O'Neill. The horse opened the day with 3/1 odds of winning.

SB Nation New York will have updates, results and more from the 2012 Preakness. SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has you covered for all your horse racing needs.

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2012 Preakess Stakes Odds: Bodemeister, I'll Have Another Remain Favored

Betting odds for the 2012 Preakness Stakes will, of course, shift throughout the day as horse racing enthusiasts decide which of the 11 horses in the field to place their hopes, and their money, on. As of Saturday morning, oddsmakers from Bovada are listing Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister as the 3-2 betting favorite in the 137th running of the Preakness.

I'll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby, is a 3-2 choice to win the second leg of the Triple Crown and head to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

Here are the complete odds as of Saturday morning:

Tiger Walk 30-1
Teeth of the Dog 18-1
Pretension 35-1
Zetterholm 20-1
Went The Day Well 6-1
Creative Cause 13-2
Bodemeister 3-2
Daddy Nose Best 14-1
I'll Have Another 3-1
Optimizer 30-1
Cozzetti 40-1

-- Stay with our StoryStream for updates througout the day. You can also visit SB Nation's Anddownthestretchtheycome for more details on the race.

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2012 Preakness Stakes: Betting Guide For Beginners

So, you aren't a big-time horse racing enthusiast. But, the Kentucky Derby duel between the winner, I'll Have Another, and the runner-up, Bodemeister, captured your interest. Since it will be reprised Saturday in the Preakness Stakes you are thinking maybe you will take sides and plunk down a couple of dollars.

There is only one catch. You have no idea how this whole betting on horse racing thing work. Well, SB Nation New York is here to help you. Our friends at the mothership, SBNation.com, put together a betting guide prior to the Kentucky Derby, and it is still useful now.

Here is some basic betting terminolgy you will need to know:

WIN: A bet on a horse to win (if you don't know this you probably shouldn't be betting)
PLACE: A bet on a horse to finish either 1st or 2nd.
SHOW: A bet on a horse to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

Those are the standard bets that everybody is familiar with. They are simple, straight forward, it's easy to calculate the cost, and they are easy to make. Where things start to become more complicated is with what are known as the exotic bets. Below are the exotic wagers offered by Churchill Downs this weekend.

EXACTA: A bet picking the 1st and 2nd place finishers in a race.
TRIFECTA: A bet picking the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in a race.
SUPERFECTA: A bet picking the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers in a race.
DAILY DOUBLE: A bet picking the winners of two races, usually two consecutive races.
PICK 3: A bet picking the winners of three consecutive races.
PICK 4: A bet picking the winners of four consecutive races.
PICK 5: A bet picking the winners of five consecutive races.
PICK 6: A bet picking the winners of six consecutive races.

One other tip from our friends at SB Nation this I find useful. If you are new to this, pick a horse to win and just place a 'win' bet. Don't confuse yourself. Remember, the higher the odds the more money you could rake in if your horse wins. Then again, the riskier your bet is.

If you need a little info on the horses in the race you can follow our Preakness StoryStream. You can also find some background on each horse at Preakness.com. including a bio, photos and the color of the silks that will be worn by each horse's jockey.

Whatever system for choosing a horse you come up with, or however much you decide to wager, just have some fun with it.

Preakness Stakes 2012 Post Positions Draw: Bodemeister Favorite, I'll Have Another 2nd (via sbnation)

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2012 Preakness Odds [Updated]: Bodemeister Remains 8-5 Favorite

Bodemeister, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who is owned by Zayat Stables of Hackensack, N.J., remains an 8-5 favorite in the betting line for Saturday’s 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, according to odds posted by Bovada. Derby champion I’ll Have Another is a 5-2 choice.

Post time for Saturday’s second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown is 6:18 p.m. ET. Coverage on NBC Sports Network begins at 4:30 p.m.

Here are the complete odds from Bovada as of Friday morning.

Tiger Walk 33-1
Teeth of the Dog 15-1
Pretension 33-1
Zetterholm 22-1
Went The Day Well 6-1
Creative Cause 7-1
Bodemeister 8-5
Daddy Nose Best 14-1
I’ll Have Another 5-2
Optimizer 33-1
Cozzetti 33-1

In the Kentucky Derby Bodemeister led most of the race until being chased down by I’ll Have Another in the final sixteenth of a mile. Will the Preakness be a two-horse race again, or will one of the other nine horses in the field surprise? We find out Saturday.

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2012 Preakness Post Positions Reactions

The trainers for both 2012 Preakness Stakes favorite Bodemeister and Kentucky Derby champion I’ll Have Another said Wednesday they were satisfied with the post positions drawn for their horses in Saturday’s 137th running of the Preakness.

Bodemiester, second to I’ll Have Another in the Derby, is the 8-5 morning line favorite and will be running from the seventh post position.

"I think it’s a good post. With him, anything in the middle would have been fine. In the Preakness you just don’t want to be stuck down on the inside, where you have to use your horse a little bit," said trainer Bob Baffert.

I’ll Have Another is an 8-5 second choice in the morning line odds. He will be starting from the No. 9 post position.

"I thought the draw was really good. I’m very happy with that. Being outside of the legitimate speed, most jockeys would be real happy with that. We’re OK with that," said trainer Doug O’Neill. "It’s in (Bodemeister’s jockey) Mike Smith’s hands to set the pace. For whatever reason if he breaks slow or decides not to go, we’ll take the lead and take it from there."

The race is set for Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.

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2012 Preakness Stakes Odds: Bodemeister 8-5 Morning Line Favorite

Bodemeister, runner-up to I'll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby, has been established an an 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. Bodemeister is owned by Zayat Stables, based in Hackensack, N.J.

I'll Have Another is a 5-2 second choice in the morning line. Went The Day Well and Creative Cause are 6-1. Eleven horses will go to post in the Preakness. Complete morning line odds are below.

Post/Horse Owner Trainer Jockey Breeder Morning Line
1 Tiger Walk Sagamore Farm Ignacio Correas IV Kent Desormeaux River Bend Farm 30-1
2 Teeth of the Dog J. W. Singer Michael Matz Joe Bravo Royal Pegasus 15-1
3 Pretension Kidwells Petite Stable Christopher Grove Javier Santiago Sequel Thoroughbreds and A. Lakin & Sons 30-1
4 Zetterholm Winter Park Partners Richard Dutrow Jr. Junior Alvarado Anthony Grey 20-1
5 Went the Day Well Team Valor International and Mark Ford H. Graham Motion John R. Velazquez James Patrick Delaney 6-1
6 Creative Cause Heinz Steinmann Mike Harrington Joel Rosario James C. Weigel 6-1
7 Bodemeister Zayat Stables and Southern Equine Stable Bob Baffert Mike Smith Audley Farm, Inc. 8-5
8 Daddy Nose Best Bob and Cathy Zollars Steven Asmussen Julien Leparoux Patricia Ann Elia Trust 12-1
9 I'll Have Another J. Paul Reddam Doug F. O'Neill Mario Gutierrez Harvey Clarke 5-2
10 Optimizer Bluegrass Hall D. Wayne Lukas Corey Nakatani Bluegrass Hall 30-1
11 Cozzetti Albaugh Family Stables Dale Romans Jose Lezcano Soc. Agr. Santa Elena De Chimbarongo 30-1
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Preakness Stakes 2012 Odds: Bodemeister Favored Over I'll Have Another

The official morning line betting odds for the 2012 Preakness Stakes will not be available until after post positions are drawn. Watchmaker Odds posted in the Daily Racing Form, however, make Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister a 2-1 favorite to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby champ I'll Have Another is 5-2.

Below, the complete Watchmaker Odds for all of the probable starters in Saturday's 137th running of the Preakness.

Bodemeister 2-1
Cozzetti 30-1
Creative Cause 6-1
Daddy Nose Best 15-1
Guyana Star Dweej 50-1
I'll Have Another 5-2
Liaison 30-1
Optimizer 30-1
Pretension 30-1
Teeth of the Dog 15-1
Tiger Walk 20-1
Went The Day Well 6-1
Zetterholm 30-1

Bodemeister, owned by the Hackensack, N.J.-based Zayat Stables, was also favored in the Kentucky Derby. He led most of that race before being chased down at the end by I'll Have Another.

-- Follow our StoryStream for all the Preakness news, previews and features you need as the race approaches.

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2012 Preakness: Bodemeister Confirmed For Preakness Stakes

Bodemeister, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who is owned by the Hackensack, N.J.-based Zayat Stables, has been confirmed as an entrant in Saturday's 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.

"He looks fantastic,'' Zayat said. "He couldn't look any better. In fact, he gained weight since Derby, which is amazing. (In) my heart, he deserves a chance to come and redeem himself in an American classic."

Bodemeister was the favorite and led from the start of the Kentucky Derby only to be run down by eventual winner I'll Have Another in the final sixteenth of a mile.

"He looks good, his coat is good and he is eating well," said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "I see no reason not to take him (to Pimlico)."

-- Follow our StoryStream for complete coverage leading up to Saturday's race, including profiles of many of the horses, odds and post positions. Also see Anddownthestretchtheycome for more analysis.

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2012 Preakness Entries: Guyana Star Dweej Stepping Up In Class?

If Guyana Star Dweej does indeed go post-ward Saturday in the 2012 Preakness Stakes it will be a major step up in class for the colt, owned by Belmont Park-based Shivmangal Racing Stable.

Guyana Star Dweej has never raced outside of New York, with eight starts at Aqueduct Racetrack and one at Belmont Park on his resume. Guyana Star Dweej has run only once again winners, finishing second in a mile race at Belmont Park April 27. He has just one victory on his resume, an April 7 victory against older horses at Aqueduct in his eighth maiden race.

Guyana Star Dweej is trained by Doodnauth Shivmangal. Guyana Star Dweej seems likely to be a long shot in the field if he does go post-ward on Saturday.

I'll Have Another, the Kentucky Derby champ, will be seeking a victory in the second leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday.

-- Follow our StoryStream for updates throughout the week, and see Anddownthestretchtheycome for more race analysis

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2012 Preakness Stakes Entries: Teeth Of The Dog Looks For Bite Of Glory

Teeth of the Dog will make his Triple Crown debut Saturday in the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes. Teeth of the Dog did not run in the Kentucky Derby, which was won by I’ll Have Another.

Teeth of the Dog has finished in the money in all four of its lifetime starts, with a win, a second-place showing and two third-place finishes.His most impressive showing came in his last race, the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack on April 7. Teeth of the Dog finished third to Kentucky Derby starters Gemologist and Alpha in his first Grade 1 stakes race.

The three-year-old colt did not make his initial appearance in horse racing until December of last year at Gulfstream, where he finished third.

Teeth of the Dog is owned by J.W. Singer, trained by Michael Matz and will be ridden by jockey Joe Bravo.

— For more on the Preakness, please be sure to visit And Down The Stretch They Come for all the latest news and updates.

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2012 Preakness Entries: Tiger Walk Stalking First Victory

Tiger Walk, a three-year-old Tale of the Cat colt, will be looking for its first win of the year when the 2012 Preakness Stakes takes place on Saturday, May 19.

In three starts this year, all at New York's Aqueduct Racetrack, Tiger Walk's best finish was third place during the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 21. The colt also finished third in the Grade 3 Withers and fourth in the Grade 3 Gotham.

Tiger Walk did earn back-to-back victories last year, both of them coming in mile-long races at Laurel Park. The second victory came in mid-December during the horse's first start on dirt.

Owned by Kevin Plank of Sagamore Farm and ridden by jockey Kent Desormeaux, Tiger Walk has career earnings of $90,000. The horse is named after the pre-game ritual for Auburn football games, during which Auburn players walk to the stadium through throngs of cheering fans.

-- Follow this StoryStream for complete Preakness coverage throughout the week. Also visit SB Nation's Anddownthestretchtheycome for news and analysis as the race approaches.

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