Preakness 2012: Breaking Down Odds for Every Contender

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Preakness 2012: Breaking Down Odds for Every Contender
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In less than a week, the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes will take place from the Pimlico race course in Maryland, and all eyes will be on Derby winner I'll Have Another.

This is because he will be trying to become just the 12th horse to capture all three gems of the U.S. thoroughbred Triple Crown, and the first in 34 years.

Affirmed was the last horse to achieve the feat in 1978.

I'll Have Another already won the Kentucky Derby on May 5th and on May 19 he will most likely face another full field of contenders who will try to derail him from achieving racing immortality.

The entries are not finalized as they will be drawn along with the final post positions next Wednesday May 16th. But as of now there are as many as 16 horses under consideration for the race.

At Pimlico a maximum of 14 horses make the starting gate, so should all 16 of those horses enter, the Preakness uses a three-tiered process to determine the final field.

The first seven of the 14 starters are determined by graded stakes earnings. Earnings in non-restricted stakes determine the next four; and the final three—as well as the two allowed also-eligibles—are based on lifetime earnings.

This means that right now there are seven from the Derby automatically in should they decide to run. Those are I'll Have Another, Bodemeister, Went the Day Well, Creative Cause, Liaison, Hansen and Optimizer.

From the new shooters are Cozzetti, Hierro, Isn't He Clever, Pretension, Teeth of the Dog, Tiger Walk and Zetterholm.

Brimstone Island and Guyana Dweej Star are right now just outside the Top 14.

One thing worth noting, trainer Steve Asmussen and owner Kirk Robison have yet to decide on whether to add Isn’t He Clever to the list. That could move Brimstone Island into the Top 14.

Let's take a look at each of the horses under consideration, their current Vegas odds—according to vegasinsider.com.

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