I’ll Have Another, I’ll Have Another

Like Kentucky Derby, like Preakness: 3-year-old colt races past Bodemeister and into the Belmont Stakes

Mario Gutierrez and I値l Have Another did it again, chasing down Mike Smith and prerace favorite Bodemeister to win the Preakness in almost identical fashion as the Kentucky Derby. I値l Have Another now owns the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Enlarge photo

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Mario Gutierrez and I値l Have Another did it again, chasing down Mike Smith and prerace favorite Bodemeister to win the Preakness in almost identical fashion as the Kentucky Derby. I値l Have Another now owns the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

BALTIMORE

I値l Have Another did just that, winning another Triple Crown race with even more dash and flash than he did in the Kentucky Derby.

By bolting past Bodemeister again this time in Saturday痴 Preakness, all that stands in the way of racing glory is the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.

Win that, and the smooth-striding 3-year-old will find himself in the company of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, the last to win thoroughbred racing痴 most coveted prize in 1978.

That痴 heady company for a colt who has yet to be favored in any of his seven races. That should change in the Belmont.

展e池e thinking Triple Crown, baby, elated winning trainer Doug O誰eill said. 滴e痴 a special horse. We値l see how he comes out of it, and if he comes out of it in good shape, we池e heading to New York, baby.

I値l Have Another won by 1ス lengths in the Derby and by a neck in the Preakness the same margins Affirmed posted in wins over rival Alydar in those two races 34 years ago.

But there痴 one big storyline difference this time: Bodemeister is skipping the Belmont. 滴e痴 getting off the bus here, trainer Bob Baffert said.

The 1 3/16-mile Preakness unfolded the same way as the 1 1/4-mile Derby, with the speedy Bodemeister moving to the lead under Mike Smith and I値l Have Another hanging back in fourth in the 11-horse field. The early fractions were slower than the Derby, but when it came time for Bodemeister to dig in, it was I値l Have Another who found another gear under young jockey Mario Gutierrez and surged past the tiring pacesetter in the shadow of the wire.

Since Affirmed became the 11th Triple Crown winner, 11 horses have won the first two legs only to come up short in the 1ス-mile Belmont, the longest of the races also known as the 典est of the Champion. The most recent try came in 2008, when Big Brown was pulled up around the turn for home and did not finish. Before that, Smarty Jones was run down in the final 70 yards by Birdstone in the 2004 Belmont.

I値l Have Another has made a habit of close calls. Before the Triple Crown began, the chestnut colt won the Santa Anita Derby by a nose over Creative Cause. As usual, owner Paul Reddam wasn稚 sure his colt would come through this time.

的 didn稚 feel confident we were going to get there until 10 yards from the wire, Reddam said. 的 wasn稚 sure that we would get there, but I knew that our horse had a lot of heart and a lot of fight.

With a record crowd of 121,309 watching, I値l Have Another was sent off as the second choice at 3-1, with Bodemeister the 8-5 favorite. The winning time was 1 minute, 55.94 seconds.

I値l Have Another paid $8.40, $3.80 and $2.80. Bodemeister returned $3.20 and $2.80, and Creative Cause paid $3.60 to show.

Baffert, a Hall of Famer and five-time Preakness winner, thought his colt named for his 7-year-old son, Bode would outlast I値l Have Another.

的 felt really good about where he was, Baffert said. 的 really thought he was going to do it. The winner is a good horse. He should get the respect now that he deserves.

The victory was worth $600,000, boosting his earnings to $2,693,600. Not a bad return for Reddam, who bought the colt for $35,000 on the advice of O誰eill痴 brother, Dennis.

滴e showed he痴 the real deal. He痴 a real race horse. He gutted it out, Reddam said. 典he other horse was not stopping. He ran a bang-up race, to come and catch him, how can you criticize that? For those who have followed the horse and bet on him, that痴 been pretty rewarding. I don稚 know if that will be the case next time, though.

Gutierrez, who was riding at Hastings Park in Western Canada until showing up in California last winter, displayed the calm and cunning of a veteran.

的t痴 not me; it痴 him. It痴 all about the horse, the 25-year-old jockey from Mexico said. 滴e just keeps proving people wrong. I知 so happy for him because he痴 such a great horse. He has a tremendous kick in the end.

的t痴 not me; it痴 him. It痴 all about the horse, jockey Mario Gutierrez said. 滴e just keeps proving people wrong. I知 so happy for him because he痴 such a great horse. He has a tremendous kick in the end. Enlarge photo

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的t痴 not me; it痴 him. It痴 all about the horse, jockey Mario Gutierrez said. 滴e just keeps proving people wrong. I知 so happy for him because he痴 such a great horse. He has a tremendous kick in the end.

The 1 3/16-mile Preakness unfolded the same way as the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby, but when it came time for Bodemeister to dig in, it was I値l Have Another who found another gear under young jockey Mario Gutierrez and surged past the tiring pacesetter in the shadow of the wire. Enlarge photo

Garry Jones/Associated Press

The 1 3/16-mile Preakness unfolded the same way as the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby, but when it came time for Bodemeister to dig in, it was I値l Have Another who found another gear under young jockey Mario Gutierrez and surged past the tiring pacesetter in the shadow of the wire.

By bolting past Bodemeister  again  this time in Saturday痴 Preakness, all that stands in the way of I値l Have Another痴 Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. And Bodemeister, twice the best man in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, will not be running: 滴e痴 getting off the bus here, trainer Bob Baffert said. Enlarge photo

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

By bolting past Bodemeister again this time in Saturday痴 Preakness, all that stands in the way of I値l Have Another痴 Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. And Bodemeister, twice the best man in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, will not be running: 滴e痴 getting off the bus here, trainer Bob Baffert said.