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2012 Triple Crown: I'll Have Another Shoots For Elusive Triple Crown Victory

I'll Have Another will try for the elusive Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes on June 11th.

May 19, 2012;Baltimore, MD, USA; Horse jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard I'll Have Another (7) after winning the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.  Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
May 19, 2012;Baltimore, MD, USA; Horse jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard I'll Have Another (7) after winning the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The second leg of the Triple Crown looked to be nearly out of reach for I'll Have Another on Saturday afternoon at The Preakness, but a stunning final surge down the stretch kept the impressive horse's chance for history aliv.

Facing 3-to-1 odds heading into the race, I'll Have Another's second comeback win of the year not only kept viewers in awe as the finish line neared, but also set the stage nicely for June 11th's Belmont Stakes in Belmont Park, New York.

I'll Have Another is looking to win the first Triple Crown in nearly 35 years after jockey Steve Cauthen rode Affirmed to victory in 1978. The history books are ripe with horses that have nearly pulled off the feat over the last three decades, but I'll Have Another's performances thus far inspire plenty of confidence that a third comeback win is not out of the question.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez and I'll Have Another out-ran Kentucky Derby second-place finisher Bodemeister in the final few yards to take The Preakness. Bodemeister was originally favored over the two-time champ heading into the race, but could not hold his rival at bay down the stretch.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.