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Preakness 2012: Creative Cause Will Be a Massive Threat at Belmont

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18: Creative Cause, riden by John Cisneros, is lead to the track by Ciara McMurtrie during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Luis BatlleContributor IMay 20, 2012

Combine the insurmountable hype that I'll Have Another has received after winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and the fact that Bodemeister will be sitting out at Belmont, and Creative Cause has a tremendous opportunity to thrive in New York.

As I'll Have Another has been victorious at both Churchill Downs and at Pimlico, there is no doubt that he will indeed be the favorite to take home the Belmont title as well as a Triple Crown. It would be the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, with Affirmed winning it 1978.

The overwhelming attention surrounding the talented horse is,without question, warranted and well deserved. Yet it is also just the type of pressure that jockey Mario Gutierrez and trainer Doug O'Neill know could have them falling short of making history.

Meanwhile, another major factor in this race will be the simple fact that Bodemeister will not race at Belmont, in spite of his success at both the Derby and Preakness.

In both races, Bodemeister finished second place behind I'll Have Another, as it was clear that this was the second-best horse in the field. At the Preakness, this was as evident as it had ever been, as Bodemeister held a significant lead heading into the final straight away.

Yet what's interesting is that it was Creative Cause that was neck-and-neck with Bodemeister throughout the majority of the race at Preakness - not I'll Have Another.

In both the Derby and Preakness, Creative Cause was also able to put forth especially solid showings. At the Derby he would place fifth, and at Preakness third.

If Creative Cause can continue to stay at the front and compete in the final stretch, it won't be a surprise if this is the horse that comes out on top at the Belmont Stakes.

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