Preakness 2012 Payouts: Bet on I'll Have Another at Belmont for Sure-Fire Payday

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIMay 21, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19:  Jockey Mike Smith aboard Bodemeister (R) leads the field and jockey Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another (L) out of the fourth turn during the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Tyler Carr/Getty Images)
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I'll Have Another rewarded bettors who took a risk on him at the Preakness Stakes when he hunted down Bodemeister at the last second at Pimlico. In doing so, he paid $8.40 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.80 to show. Bodemeister paid $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Creative Cause paid $3.60 to show.

The $2 exacta paid $18.60, the $1 trifecta paid $35.40 and the $1 superfecta paid $424.30. You are an absolute genius if you won the superfecta, though, as you would have had to predict the top four horses correctly.

I'll Have Another went off at 5-2 odds at Pimlico and is currently listed at 2-1 odds for the Belmont Stakes. While bettors will have to lay down a pretty substantial amount of money to score a big sum in return, they'll be almost guaranteed that return, as their aren't any horses in the field that will challenge I'll Have Another in his quest for racing immortality.

There are plenty of people who will put their money on either Dullahan or Union Rags, but that would not be a wise move. Neither of the horses ran at Pimlico, which works in their favor, but Union Rags will be ridden by a new jockey after a disappointing seventh-place finish at the Kentucky Derby.

Dullahan isn't known for his ability to compete on dirt, as he is better suited for turf and poly surfaces, so that puts him at a disadvantage despite his third-place finish at Churchill Downs.

Bettors are much better off putting their money on Dullahan and Union Rags to place or show, as it seems nothing can stop I'll Have Another from winning his third race in three tries. With Bodemeister out of the field, there won't be another horse to set a fast pace early on, so jockey Mario Gutierrez can run his race with I'll Have Another.

Dullahan has a chance, as any horse in the race does, but would it be wise to doubt I'll Have Another and Gutierrez one last time? Gutierrez knows his horse better than any jockey knows theirs, as shown by his ability to start pushing his horse at the perfect time. He knew exactly what he was doing at Pimlico when he caught Bodemeister by a nose to keep the Triple Crown dream alive, and he'll do it again at the Belmont Stakes.