No horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, and on Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another will look to take the second step on that road.
I'll Have Another's breathtaking stretch run pulled out an incredible win at Churchill Downs, after pre-race favorite Bodemeister led almost the entire race. But the Preakness is a different animal than the Derby, and at nine-and-a-half furlongs, the shorter track does not favor a horse that has great closing speed on longer tracks.
Here is all the information you need for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.
When: Saturday, May 19, at 6:18 p.m. ET
Broadcast information: NBC's raceday coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET
*Post Positions according to NJ.com
*Odds via VegasInsider.com
|1.||Tiger Walk||K. Desormeaux||30-1|
|2.||Teeth of the Dog||J. Bravo||15-1|
|5.||Went the Day Well||J. Velazquez||6-1|
|6.||Creative Cause||J. Rosario||6-1|
|8.||Daddy Nose Best||J. Leparoux||12-1|
|9.||I'll Have Another||M. Gutierrez||5-2|
Bodemeister and I'll Have Another are the clear favorites entering Saturday's race, and many feel the track at Pimlico suits the former's strengths perfectly. Bodemeister's trainer, Bob Baffert, knows how to prepare his horses for big races, and the colt should be ready to go on Saturday.
Baffert and his horse will want to wipe the loss at the Kentucky Derby from everyone's memory by putting on a strong performance, and I'll Have Another could have an extremely difficult time continuing his chase for the Triple Crown as a result.
Look for those two to duel again down the stretch at Pimlico on Saturday.