The results of the 2012 Preakness Stakes are in, and I don't see any other horse winning the Belmont Stakes after watching I'll Have Another kick Bodemeister to the curb for a second consecutive time.
I'll Have Another has an extra gear that none of the other horses have had at either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. He starts looking strongest when horses like Bodemeister start to lose steam.
This is going to work in his benefit more at Belmont than it has at either of the previous two Triple Crown races due to the fact that the track at Belmont Field is a full mile-and-a-half long.
The track at Churchill Downs was 1.25 miles long, and the field at Pimlico was 1.1875 miles long.
Both of them pale in comparison to the track at Belmont, and I'll Have Another's ability to kick it into top gear at the end of races makes him the heavy favorite to win the race and make history as the first horse since Affirmed to win the Triple Crown.
Triple Crown for I'll Have Another?
Trainer Doug O'Neill told Nola.com that he thinks I'll Have Another's long stride indicates he's going to be an excellent distance runner. Watching this horse lie back until the end these last couple of races, I'm inclined to agree.
I'll Have Another is the perfect horse to pull off this historic feat. He has already passed the two most difficult tests for a horse with his skills and temperament, and now, the other horses will have to race on his terms on the longer track.
It's about time for the 34-year streak to end, and I'm raring for the Belmont Stakes to get here so I'll Have Another can complete the trifecta.
Here are the final results of the 2012 Preakness Stakes.
|1||I'll Have Another||M. Gutierrez||9|
|3||Creative Cause ||J. Rosario||6|
|5||Teeth of the Dog||J. Bravo||2|
|8||Tiger Walk||R. Dominguez||1|
|9||Daddy Nose Best||J. Leparoux||8|
|10||Went the Day Well||J. Velazquez||5|