Preakness Stakes 2012: 12 Horses Confirmed and Rearing to Go

Robin JutkiewiczCorrespondent IIIMay 16, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  Mario Gutierrez (R) reacts atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Preakness Stakes is less than five days away and the field has been determined. Twelve horses will go to battle for a share of the $1 million purse. I’ll Have Another is seeking the all important win to add to his Kentucky Derby bed of roses. A fan favorite, I’ll Have Another’s chances are placed at 3:1, matching Bodemeister’s odds.

Tuesday, Doug O’Neill chose to forgo track work due to rain. Instead, I’ll Have Another stretched his legs by walking the shed row. O’Neill was not about to risk a slip or fall on the muddy track.

Bodemeister is scheduled to arrive at Pimlico on Wednesday. What trainer Bob Baffert has in store from there remains to be seen. No doubt the colt will begin to jog the track sooner than later as workout time is running out.

Creative Cause has joined the lineup as well. With eight Grade races under his cinch, the Kentucky Derby was his worst showing (5th). As the Preakness Stakes is shorter at nine and one half furlongs, Creative Cause has a reasonable shot at the win. Don’t count him out.

Other Derby runners include Optimizer and Went the Day Well. Neither horse has warranted much excitement as far as bettors are concerned. Optimizer simply doesn't have the results. Ten races in his career with not much to show for his efforts. Went the Day Well has a decent record and the shorter track length is better suited to his style of running.

Then again, not many thought I'll Have Another would win the Kentucky Derby. With Bodemeister his only real competitor, the Preakness Stakes is his to lose.