I’ll Have Another kept his triple crown hopes alive with a win today at the Preakness. The Kentucky Derby winner chased down the Preakness Stakes favorite Bodemeister to become the first horse since 2008 to win the first two races of the Triple Crown.
USA Today reports that I’ll Have Another will head to the Belmont Stakes in three weeks with the hopes of becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978.
I’ll Have Another’s trainer Doug O’Neill said:
“I can’t even put it into words, it’s just incredible… What a ride. (Jockey Mario Gutierrez) was so patient. We’re thinking Triple Crown, baby. Come on, why not.”
O’Neill said last week that he hoped to run out front during the Preakness. But the race played out just like the Kentucky Derby. Favorite Bodemeister pulled out ahead, but just like in the Derby, I’ll Have Another was able to run him down and take the win.
“You never know, but as long as we continue to train like our horse has trained, we won’t be that far off Bodemeister. If anything, Bodemeister might be behind us early. I could see him chasing us, I really could.”
O’Neill will have a few weeks to figure out his strategy for the Belmont. Do you think I’ll Have Another will win the Triple Crown?