I hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially after I'll Have Another was brilliant in this year's Kentucky Derby, blazing to the finish and nosing past Bodemeister in the end.
But unfortunately, it makes it seem very unlikely that we'll see a Triple Crown winner this year.
Bodemeister has to be the favorite heading into the Preakness—he was brilliant for most of this race, and led nearly from start to finish. At a shorter track like Pimlico, Bodemeister is going to be difficult to beat, as might horses such as Hansen or Gemologist.
And let's not forget about the longer track at the Belmont Stakes, where horses like Union Rags and Dullahan may be tough to defeat.
Churchill Downs is the perfect length for I'll Have Another, and jockey Mario Guiterrez sent him on an absolutely brilliant run, settling one horse off the rail early in the race despite starting from the No. 19 post and closing at 15-1 odds.
That allowed I'll Have Another to settle into a comfortable pace and bide his time before making a fantastic final push, eclipsing Bodemeister and holding off the similarly epic close of Dullahan.
It was the perfect race, and perhaps that's the problem for I'll Have Another: It's hard to imagine him replicating it.
And for that matter, it's hard to imagine another horse being favored ahead of Bodemeister at the Preakness.
Which means, once again, we'll go without a Triple Crown this year.
Here are the complete results from the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, with the payouts for the winners below.
|1||I'll Have Another||Mario Gutierrez||19||15-1|
|4||Went The Day Well||John Velazquez ||13||30-1|
|5||Creative Cause||Joel Rosario||8||11-1|
|6||Liason||Martin Garcia ||20||56-1|
|7||Union Rags||Julien Leparoux||4||5-1|
|8||Rousing Sermon||Jose Lezcano ||7||40-1|
|9||Hansen||Ramon Dominguez ||14||13-1|
|10||Daddy Nose Best||Garrett Gomez ||10||14-1|
|11||Optimizer||Jon Court ||2||42-1|
Rajiv Maragh ||11||19-1|
|13||El Padrino||Rafael Bejarano ||16||29-1|
|14||Done Talking||Sheldon Russell ||17||39-1|
|15||Sabercat||Corey Nakatani ||18||37-1|
|16||Gemologist||Javier Castellano ||15||18-1|
|17||Trinniberg||Willie Martinez ||19||44-1|
|18||Prospective||Luis Contreras ||12||57-1|
|19||Take Charge Indy||Calvin Borel ||3||11-1|
|20||Daddy Long Legs ||Colm O'Donoghue|| 1 ||23-1|
And now your payouts, from KentuckyDerby.com.
|19||I'll Have Another||$32.60||$13.80||$9.00|
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