Entering the 2012 Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore, the two horses that battled down the stretch of the Kentucky Derby are set to face off once again. Derby favorite Bodemeister held the lead at Churchill Downs until eventual Derby winner I'll Have Another surged late. Despite the defeat, Bodemeister was the early favorite for the Preakness and aims to join the short list of Derby faves to avenge losses at Pimlico.
Can another horse, perhaps Creative Cause, steal the spotlight from the two stars? Will one of the "new shooters" like Zetterholm benefit from being better rested?
While not throwing out ceremonial first pitches or meeting NFL coaches, the trainer for I'll Have Another has seen enough of his horse to feel that we may finally see a Triple Crown this year.
"He looks fantastic. Great energy," Doug O'Neill said ahead of the race. "He's maintained his beautiful, long stride. We're just very happy with each day that goes by."
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11. Pretension 34 1/2
|@ CBSSports : The last time we had a Triple Crown winner, Jimmy Carter was president (1978). Can I'll Have Another end the drought? http://t.co/2ZzO6LqZ|
I'll Have Another's late surge means that, perhaps, we'll all have another chance to watch a Triple Crown winner. Does the closing strategy change at the Belmont?
I'll Have Another Wins again in late, dramatic fashion. AMAZING!
Bodemeister leads, but I'll Have Annother surges
Bodemeister leads by length.
Moves up to second. Pace is slower than Derby. Bode leads.
Bode leads, Pretension second, Derby winner is 4th.
Bodemeister out clean.
Bodemeister remains a 2-1 fave as the horses are headng in.
It's nearly post time and the Naval Academy Glee Club is set to sing "Maryland, My Maryland."
The call has been made at Pimlico. So far, the animals all seem calm as they're being boarded and walked over to the gate.
|@ baltimoresun : No arrests, six ejections today at #Preakness, city police say (via @yvonnewenger). Attendance could be among highest ever.|
|@ ThorobredZone : Preakness odds. Bodemeister is still 2/1 I'll Have Another 3/1 & Went the Day Well is the 3rd choice.|