I'll Have Another is the clear cut favorite in the Preakness Stakes, following his win at the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Dullahan and Went The Day Well also turned in impressive races, and will enter the Preakness looking to prove that their result in the 2012 Kentucky Derby was no fluke. Here's a look at the some of the surprise finishers from the 2012 Kentucky Derby and why they are no fluke.
I'll Have Another
I'll Have Another entered the 2012 Kentucky Derby as a 12-1 underdog, went off at 15-1 and was considered a significant long shot compared to favorite Bodemeister. However, I'll Have Another turned in the most impressive race with a winning time of 2:01.83, becoming the first horse to ever win from the 19th position. Mario Gutierrez, I'll Have Another's jockey, ran an incredible race, going four wide at the final turn, and running down the speed demon Bodemeister. The only horse with a shot at the Triple Crown, I'll Have Another is the favorite for the Preakness Stakes.
Third place finisher Dullahan, a long shot who went off at 12-1 odds, also turned in an impressive race, and will be a favorite in Baltimore, Maryland. Caught in traffic at the beginning of the race, Dullahan turned on the jets at the 1/2 mile mark and blazed to the finish. If Dullahan starts in a more favorable position, it's certainly plausible he will take this race. As long as Dullahan's jockey keeps him clear at Pimlico, Dullahan is a favorite to win.
Went The Day Well
Went The Day Well, at 30-1 odds, ran a very similar race to Dullahan. The horse faced similar problems, getting checked by lap traffic, and ultimately had to go very wide to escape it. However, the horse turned in a blazing finish, streaking to fourth place and ensuring a spot in the Preakness. Went The Day Well clearly has the speed to win at Pimlico, and is certainly a favorite.
All three horses entered the 2012 Kentucky Derby with long odds, yet finished inside the top four. I'll Have Another, Dullahan and Went The Day Well all proved that they have the speed and stamina necessary to win the Belmont Stakes. All three horses will enter Pimlico and prove that their 2012 Kentucky Derby results were no fluke.