I’ll Have Another wins in close finish at Preakness

Posted at 4:40 PM, May 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-19 19:16:38-04

(CNN) — Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another won the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, keeping its hopes for the coveted Triple Crown alive.

I’ll Have Another went into the race with 3-1 odds, behind Bodemeister, the favorite with odds at 2-1.

Bodemeister took an early lead and stayed in front for most of the race. But on the home stretch, I’ll Have Another broke loose, charging up the side and past Bodemeister to score a dramatic win.

I’ll Have Another knows a little something about beating the odds.

The 3-year-old colt, with odds at 15-1 going into the Kentucky Derby, stunned the racing world by dashing past favorite Bodemeister to win.

Like at the Preakness, Bodemeister led for most of that race before being overtaken at the wire by I’ll Have Another.

“I’m just numb; it’s incredible,” said I’ll Have Another trainer Doug O’Neill, moments after Saturday’s race. “We’re thinking Triple Crown, baby!”

The Preakness, the second of three races that make up the storied U.S. Triple Crown, is run at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

No horse has swept the Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes — in 34 years.

The Belmont Stakes is scheduled to be run on June 9.

By the CNN Wire Staff.
CNN’s Lateef Mungin contributed to this report.
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