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Preakness Stakes LIVE UPDATES: Bodemeister, I'll Have Another Among Favorites At Pimlico

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/19/2012 6:04 pm

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Horses finish The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, a Grade 1 race for purebred Arabian horses, prior to the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Mix yourself up a black-eyed susan (or whatever it is that Kegasus is pouring) and get ready for the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.

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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1. I'l Have Another 2. Bodemeister (real close) 3. Creative Cause (9 lengths) 4. Zetterholm (12) 5. Teeth Of The Dog (15 1/4) 6. Optimizer (15 1/2) 7. Cozzetti (17 3/4) 8. Tiger Walk (25 1/4) 9. Daddy Nose Best (27 1/2) 10. Went The Day Well 30 3/4

11. Pretension 34 1/2

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I'll Have Another Win: $8.40 Place: $3.80

Show: $2.80

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@ 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

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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?

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I'll Have Another Wins again in late, dramatic fashion. AMAZING!

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Bodemeister leads, but I'll Have Annother surges

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Bodemeister leads by length.

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Moves up to second. Pace is slower than Derby. Bode leads.

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Bode leads, Pretension second, Derby winner is 4th.

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Bodemeister out clean.

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Bodemeister remains a 2-1 fave as the horses are headng in.

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Tiger Walk 20-1 Teeth of the Dog 13-1 Pretension 25-1 Zetterholm 18-1 Went The Day Well 5-1 Creative Cause 5-1 Bodemeister 2-1 Daddy Nose Best 10-1 I'll Have Another 3-1 Optimizer 20-1

Cozzetti 24-1

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It's nearly post time and the Naval Academy Glee Club is set to sing "Maryland, My Maryland."

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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.

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@ baltimoresun : No arrests, six ejections today at #Preakness, city police say (via @yvonnewenger). Attendance could be among highest ever.

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@ ThorobredZone : Preakness odds. Bodemeister is still 2/1 I'll Have Another 3/1 & Went the Day Well is the 3rd choice.

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