2012 Preakness Stakes-G1 Horse Betting Recap

Official Horse Betting Online Results:

Preakness Stakes Betting Odd

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  • Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
  • Track: Pimlico Race Course
  • Distance: 1 3/16 Miles
  • Purse: $1,000,000
  • Surface: Dirt, Fast
  • WIN – I’LL HAVE ANOTHER – $8.40, $3.80, $2.80
  • Place – Bodemeister – $3.20, $2.80
  • Show – Creative Cause – $$3.60
  • Also Ran – Zetterholm, Teeth of the Dog, Optimizer, Cozzetti, Tiger Walk, Daddy Nose Best, Went the Day Well, Pretension
  • Scratched – None
  • Time – :23.79, :47.68, 1:11.72, 1:36.69, 1:55.94

For the first time since 2008, we’re heading to Belmont Park with a Triple Crown on the horse betting line. On June 9, I’LL HAVE ANOTHER will attempt to become the first Triple Crown horse betting winner since Affirmed in 1978. Since that great champion last won racing’s elusive prize, 11 others have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, only to see their horse betting dreams dashed at Belmont Park, appropriately named “The Graveyard of Champions”.

The 2012 Preakness Stakes was a horse betting rematch between Derby winner I’LL HAVE ANOTHER and runner-up BODEMEISTER. The latter received such praise for his losing horse betting effort at Churchill Downs that he was the morning-line horse betting favorite at Pimlico, and the horse bettors played along, sending him to post as the 17/10 choice. I’LL HAVE ANOTHER once again saw little respect from the horse betting public, loading into the starting gate at 3/1 odds – higher than his 5/2 morning-line price.

The widely-held belief among horse betting handicappers heading into the Preakness was that BODEMEISTER, without the hounding presence of speed horses like Trinninberg and Hansen, would be able to control the race from start to finish. He would not have to run nearly as fast as he did in the Derby, and the shorter horse betting distance of the Preakness was sure to help. The race played out exactly as planned.

BODEMEISTER immediately went to the front, with CREATIVE CAUSE taking up the chase horse betting position one length behind.

The early pace was certainly slower in the Preakness as opposed to the Derby:

Preakness Pace – :23.79, :47.68, 1:11.72, 1:36.69

Derby Pace – :22.32, :45.39, 1:09.80, 1:35.19

BODEMEISTER was alone on the horse betting lead, running two seconds slower than he did at Churchill Downs. In fact, BODEMEISTER’s half-mile time of :47.68 was the slowest in the Preakness since 1982. With jockey Mario Gutierrez tracking the leader from fourth, it certainly looked like BODEMEISTER had more than enough to reach the wire first.

Just as he did at Churchill Downs, BODEMEISTER held a three-length lead with one furlong remaining. But just like two weeks ago, I’LL HAVE ANOTHER was charging on the outside. It didn’t happen until the top duo were within 100 yards of the finish line, but I’LL HAVE ANOTHER finally forged to the horse betting front, wining by an official neck. It was nearly nine lengths back to the third-place finisher CREATIVE CAUSE.

There is only one way to look at this race – the best horse won. The horse betting favorite had everything he needed to get the job done, a clear lead and slow fractions, but he was beaten by a horse that now has a chance to rewrite the horse betting history books.

I’LL HAVE ANOTHER went through the backstretch gates at Pimlico on horse betting Sunday morning, headed for Belmont Park. The colt will have plenty of time to acclimate to his new surroundings and get a feel for the track in New York. And for three weeks his every move will be analyzed and scrutinized. The big horse betting question is who shows up to run against him?

BODEMEISTER is not moving on to the Belmont Stakes; neither is CREATIVE CAUSE. It’s easy to understand both horse betting decisions. Is there anyone else from this Preakness Stakes, based on what everyone saw Saturday, capable of turning the horse betting tables on I’LL HAVE ANOTHER? The fourth-place finisher ZETTERHOLM was nearly 12 lengths behind the winner.

It appears the stiffest horse betting competition for I’LL HAVE ANOTHER may come from two horses that he beat in the Kentucky Derby, and who bypassed the Preakness – UNION RAGS and DULLAHAN. Another possible horse betting contender is MARK VALESKI, winner of the recent Peter Pan Stakes-G2 at Belmont Park.

Whether I’LL HAVE ANOTHER ends the longest Triple Crown drought in horse betting history remains to be seen, but one streak should almost certainly come to an end on June 9 – he should finally load into the starting gate as a horse betting favorite.

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