In yet another thrilling finish, I'll Have Another ran down Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister, in 2:01.83, to win the 138th Kentucky Derby. At 15-to-1 odds, I'll Have Another paid $32.60 for every two dollars wagered on him to win.
I'll Have Another, trained by Doug O'Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez stalked early blistering fractions and caught Bodemeister deep in the stretch, who finished second, just ahead of Dullahan.
As brilliant as I'll Have Another was, I'm still not sure what Mike Smith, the jockey of Bodemeister was thinking. There was absolutely no reason for Smith to have Bodemeister run fractions of 22.1, 45.1 and 1:09.4.
Everyone knew that long shot Trinniberg would try to get the lead early but Smith seized the lead early when it was completely unnecessary. I have no doubt that if Bodemeister had run more sensible fractions, he would have won the race.
Mike Smith wasn't the only jockey that seemed to be confused during the race. Union Rags, the post time favorite, got another questionable ride from Julien Leparoux, who couldn't seem to get his horse away from trouble. Despite a pinched start and numerous traffic issues, Union Rags finished seventh after being 18th through four furlongs.
Bodemeister was very game and held off late-charging Dullahan, who was one stride late from capturing the place position, for second.
I absolutely loved I'll Have Another, but the possibility of a sloppy track caused me to pick Gemologist, who finished over 30 lengths behind the winner.
I'll Have Another is now undefeated this year, winning all three of his starts, including the Santa Anita Derby.
Went the Day Well finished fourth, with two-year-old champion Hansen fading badly late.
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