I’ve never been one to get involved in horse racing. I’ve never placed a bet or looked at and comprehended the odds but I’ve always enjoyed watching the three triple crown races. My favorite part of the races are the commentary during the race itself and hearing all of the unique names of the horses. Perhaps the best name I’ve ever heard of for a horse is the one who has a legit shot at horse racing royalty in three weeks at Belmont, I’ll Have Another! He needed a late surge to overtake Bodemeister and win the 2012 Preakness Stakes.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t around to watch on TV but I was fortunate enough to catch it on radio.
BALTIMORE (AP) — I’ll Have Another had Bodemeister in his sights again, a shot at the Triple Crown hanging in the balance.
Two weeks ago, he ran down his rival and won the Kentucky Derby. This time, the chestnut colt needed to be even more relentless to win the Preakness.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez asked for more at the top of the stretch, and I’ll Have Another closed the gap with each stride, finally surging past Bodemeister a few yards from the wire.
Next up: New York and the Belmont Stakes in three weeks and a chance to join the company of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, who was the last to win thoroughbred racing’s most coveted prize in 1978.
That’s heady company for a colt who has yet to be favored in any of his seven races. That should change in the Belmont.
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