Sat 19/05/2012 - 21:18 EDT

I’ll Have Another Versus Bodemeister Battle At The Preakness

I’ll Have Another: On A Triple Crown Championship Chase

Though his name is widely misconstrued, Kentucky Derby Champion I’ll Have Another seems like a perfect fit for the “spring break” atmosphere that envelopes the famed Pimlico Race Course this afternoon. Named for the response that owner J. Paul Reddam gives when his wife asks “would you like another cookie” the son of Flower Alley is set for his rematch against Bodemeister. A solid trip from PP #9 sets up a Belmont Beauty!

Yours truly has to admit that his heart is 100% behind this Derby winning chestnut colt who has Canada splashed all over him. Apart from patriotism, the horse racing world needs the buzz and bump that would be generated if a Triple Crown Championship was on the line during the Belmont Stakes on June 9, 2012. That race day feeling hasn’t been experienced since Big Brown tried (but failed) to turn the trick back in 2008.

Bodemeister: Morning Line Chalk Looks To Dust Off Kentucky Derby Defeat

“What a star in the making, as Bodemeister crushes – he wins by nine!” That race call, from Oaklawn Park track announcer Frank Mirahmadi, has been echoing in my head ever since this bay colt romped through the Arkansas Derby back on April 14, 2012. At 9.5 furlongs, the Preakness sets up well for this Bob Baffert trained son of Empire Maker – who skipped the 2003 Preakness, after a Derby Place, and then Won in the Belmont.

In our Exacta winning Derby Day post we mentioned that leaving Bodemeister off any exotic wagering slip would be a betting blunder – and we are certainly of that same opinion today. If Bodemeister is going to capture any jewel of the 2012 Triple Crown, this would be the one as ”The Test of Champions” may be a little long for his liking. In fact, a non-winning trip could possibly keep him out of the Belmont Stakes field.

Preakness Stakes Exacta Wagering Brings In Another Strong Derby Runner

Went The Day Well impressed us after his fourth place finish at Churchill Downs – that came after a horrible start and two checks early on in the Derby. While sticking with the top three favorites won’t get us much of a return, we can’t get past the fact that we see this as a two horse race. If one of the other eight horse runs the race of their life – we’ll take our lumps and move on to the Belmont Stakes in New York – in two weeks time.

If you are reading this, even with just ten minutes to go – until the 6:17 PM Preakness post time, you can still register an account, fund your betting bankroll, place your wager, and then cash a winning ticket at the Pimlico Race Course today. While our head says Bodemeister, our heart is screaming I’ll Have Another – PLEASE!

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