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I'll Have Another captures Preakness Stakes

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another overtook pacesetter Bodemeister yards before the wire, again, to capture Saturday's 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Trained by Doug O'Neill, I'll Have Another is now just a Belmont Stakes win away from claiming racing's Triple Crown.

Owned by J. Paul Reddam, I'll Have Another was sent off as the 3-1 second choice behind 8-5 favorite Bodemeister in the 11 horse field. Went the Day Well was the 5-1 third pick and Creative Cause was the 6-1 fourth choice.

Bodemeister, with Mike Smith riding, set the pace just as he did in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. Jockey Mario Gutierrez got I'll Have Another away from the gate quickly and settled just a few lengths behind the leader.

Up the backstretch Bodemeister continued on the lead followed by Creative Cause, Pretension, I'll Have Another along with Tiger Walk and Teeth of the Dog.

Coming into the stretch Bodemeister had a clear lead with Creative Cause in second and I'll Have Another close behind to the outside. I'll Have Another moved past Creative Cause inside the furlong pole.

The pacesetter still had the lead with a 100 yards to run with I'll Have Another mounting a charge. It was not until steps before the finish that the Kentucky Derby champ caught Bodemeister and was able to register a neck victory over the favorite.

Creative Cause finished third followed by Zetterholm, Teeth of the Dog, Optimizer, Cozzetti, Tiger Walk, Daddy Nose Best, Went the Day Well and Pretension.

I'll Have Another covered the 1 3/16 miles on a fast track in 1:55.94.

"I just can't even put into words," O'Neill said right after the win. "Bode had to run to get to where he was, they did slow it down. We're thinking Triple Crown baby."

I'll Have Another can become the first Triple Crown champion since Affirmed in 1978. The final race in the classic series is the 1 1/2 mile Belmont Stakes on June 9.

The chestnut colt joins recent Derby-Preakness winners Big Brown (2008), Smarty Jones (2004), Funny Cide (2003), War Emblem (2002), Real Quiet (1998) and Silver Charm (1997).

The Preakness is the fourth straight win for I'll Have Another, all with Gutierrez in the saddle. The victory adds $600,000 to the colt's bankroll and gives him five wins in seven career starts for $2,693,600.

Two weeks ago, I'll Have Another caught pacesetter Bodemeister in deep stretch at Churchill Downs and defeated the 4-1 favorite by 1 1/2 lengths in the Run for the Roses. And like winning the Kentucky Derby, this is the first Preakness victory for owner, trainer and jockey.

I'll Have Another was 15-1 two weeks ago coming off a nose win over Creative Cause in the Santa Anita Derby and a 2 3/4 length victory in the Robert B.Lewis Stakes. I'll Have Another is the first Santa Anita Derby champ to take the Preakness since Point Given in 2001.

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

05/19 19:25:29 ET

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