The hope for a 2012 Triple Crown winner is alive and well after the Preakness Stakes was deja vu all over again. Bodemeister had a nice lead going down the stretch, but a hard-charging I'll Have Another overtook him just before the finish line.
It was all eerily similar to the Kentucky Derby. The biggest difference, which seemed to bold well for Bodemeister, was that they were setting a slower pace at Pimlico.
Combine this with the fact that the Preakness is shorter than the Derby, and it seemed to indicate that Bodemeister and jockey Mike Smith would have enough down the stretch to hold onto the lead. It was not to be.
I'll Have Another had a clear lane after coming off of the last turn, and he ran down Bodemeister for his epic finish.
As he likes to do, Bodemeister got out of the gates strong for an early lead. Coming out of the first turn, Bodemeister was trailed by Pretension, Creative Cause and I'll Have Another.
They were setting a slower pace than the Derby in these early stages, and they held the top four rounding the second turn. This is when I'll Have Another really began getting themselves himself in position.
He passed a fading Pretension and moved to the outside in third place coming out of the final turn.
This left him about three lengths behind Bodemeister on the final stretch, and that is when Mario Gutierrez and his Thoroughbred hit the afterburners to quickly make up ground.
Bodemeister held strong, and did not fade; he simply couldn't match I'll Have Another's speed and by about a half a length.
I'll Have Another covered the 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.94 and paid $8.40, $3.80 and $2.80 for the win. Bodemeister returned $3.20 and $2.80, and third place Creative Cause paid $3.60 to show.