Finally dispelling the myth that his prior three wins were merely the product of a good trip, I’ll Have Another stamped himself as a legitimate Triple Crown contender when he set his sights on Bodemeister in the final yards of the Preakness (chart) and methodically ran him down. Game in defeat for the second time, Bodemeister set a solid pace, this time with no pressure, and did not give up when I’ll Have Another came to him. Trainer Bob Baffert said that Bodemeister would not make the trip the Belmont Stakes but as it stands now I’ll Have Another will probably have plenty of other fresh contenders to challenge his bid for the crown.
Winning trainer Doug O’Neill wasted no time shipping I’ll Have Another and Lava Man to New York to prepare for the Belmont Stakes. We can look forward to well covered three weeks courtesy of NYRA of plenty of New York photographers on Flickr! Also on a positive note, all of the Preakness contenders came out of the race in good order. We have a Preakness link roundup at the bottom of the post.
Earlier on the Preakness card Hamazing Destiny broke a ten race, year and a half losing streak when he won the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap (chart) with authority, marking his first stakes win. Hamazing Destiny was the first of two consecutive wins for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas on the Preakness Card. Skyring winning his turf debut in the James W. Murphy Stakes (chart) at odds of 8-1 was the second win for Lukas, although Skyring’s turf performance should not have been surprise given that his sire is turf champion English Channel. In fact it was an English Channel exacta in the Murphy with favorite Easy Crossing finishing second. Earlier on the card Zagora got back to her winning ways in the Gallorette Handicap (chart) after running a disappointing fifth in the Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April, no word on what’s next for the Chad Brown trainee but perhaps a repeat in the Grade 1 Diana Stakes is the goal.
On Friday at Pimlico Bourbonette Oaks winner In Lingerie overcame a troubled start to win the Grade 2 Block-Eyed Susan (chart), but sustained what appears to be a minor injury during the race. If all goes well she may make her next start in the Grade 1 Mother Goose on June 23 with the ultimate goal being the Grade 1 Alabama in August. The Pimlico Special (chart) made a thrilling return after a three year hiatus. Alternation brought his 4-year-old campaign to a perfect 4-4 by running down Endorsement while Nehro closed for second. Alternation’s next stop is will be the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 16.
Elsewhere Include Me Out also kept her 4-year-old campaign perfect when she won the Marjorie L. Everett Handicap at Hollywood Park. Zazu made her 4-year-old debut finishing a non-threatening fourth. Include Me Out’s next start is likely to the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 16. Also making his 4-year-old debut was Travers winner Stay Thirsty, who overcame some traffic trouble for second to Trickmeister in an overnight stakes at Belmont Park. The Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga is the goal for both colts. And finally, international superstar miler Frankel kicked off his 4-year-old campaign with a bang, winning the Group 1 JLT Lockinge Stakes and remaining undefeated. His next stop with either be the one mile Queen Anne Stakes or the 1 1/4 mile Prince of Whales Stakes at Ascot.
2012 Preakness Link Roundup
Blood-Horse: Cauthen Compares Affirmed, I’ll Have Another
Blood-Horse: Union Rags, Dullahan Lead Belmont Prospects
Brisnet: I’ll Have Another Looking Good at Belmont
Brisnet: Alpha works for possible Belmont start
Brisnet: Also-rans exit Preakness in good condition, some contemplating Belmont
Brisnet: I’ll Have Another leaves Preakness for Big Apple
Brisnet: Bodemeister skipping Belmont, Creative Cause ’50-50′ for race
Brisnet: PREAKNESS THEY SAID IT
Daily Racing Form: I’ll Have Another wastes no time heading to New York for Belmont Stakes
Daily Racing Form: Beyer: A defining moment for I’ll Have Another in the Preakness
Daily Racing Form: I’ll Have Another runs down Bodemeister to keep Triple Crown hopes alive
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