I'll Have Another was the surprise horse of the Kentucky Derby, winning the most prestigious race in horse racing without a lot of fanfare or hype entering the race. Now, with the Preakness Stakes taking center stage on Saturday, he is still not getting the respect that he deserves.
The odds for I'll Have Another just hours away from the Preakness Stakes are currently sitting at 5-2, according to GoHorseBetting.com. Meanwhile, Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister is the odds-on-favorite to win the race with a betting line of 7-5.
With respect to the process that the oddsmakers use to determine their betting lines, Another should not be a co-favorite in a race given his illustrious track record and his performance in the Kentucky Derby.
Bodemeister was arguably the most dominant horse in the Derby, leading for a vast majority of the race before getting caught down the stretch by I'll Have Another. If you want to say that the two horses are equal, you are certainly entitled to that opinion.
Being dominant for a majority of the race and blowing it at the end does not make you the best horse. It just means you were running faster than everyone else for a portion of the race but couldn't hold the lead all the way through.
On the other hand, I'll Have Another ran a perfect race and has all the momentum coming into the Preakness. His jockey, Mario Gutierrez, understands how to control the horse and when to let him loose.
Just because the oddsmakers undervalued I'll Have Another at the Derby doesn't mean they have to duplicate that mistake this time around. I'll Have Another is the best horse coming into the Preakness Stakes, and he should be given odds that reflect that.