Preakness 2012 Field: Predictions for Win, Place and Show

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith leads the field during 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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Is I'll Have Another capable of winning the second leg of the Triple Crown? Absolutely.

Will he? It remains to be seen, but with the limited talent in the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes it is a likely scenario.

The Kentucky Derby winner is currently a 5/2 favorite, according to, tied with Derby runner-up Bodemeister.

The field doesn't have a ton of contenders to upend either horse, but we know anything can happen in races of this magnitude.

Here's a look at predictions for the win, place and show of the 2012 Preakness Stakes.



The Preakness is 1/16th of a mile shorter than the Derby, and Bodemeister would've won with the pace he set at Churchill Downs.

This horse is truly a special animal and with ideal conditions could run away with this race. Without the likes of Trinniberg or Hansen relentlessly pushing him from the back, he should be able to temper his speed just long enough to hold on for the win.

Jockey Mike Smith should have no problem running from the No. 7 post.


I'll Have Another

The three-year-old colt will make a legitimate push for the second leg, but he'll fall just short this time around. If Bodemeister is allowed to run free and set the pace in front of the pack, I'll Have Another will have be even better than he was at Churchill to chase him down.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez and this horse lucked by landing the No. 9 post.


Teeth of the Dog

Sired by Bluegrass Cat and currently going off at 15-1, this three-year-old colt will make a strong push here at Pimlico to run for the money.

He's only run in a Grade 1 race once, but he finished third and has the talent to surprise.

Unless he gets trapped running from the No. 2 post, he should be able to make something happen here.