Triple Crown 2012: I'll Have Another Has Hopes Sky High

With two legs of the Triple Crown down, I'll Have Another has energized fans of horse racing, as well as casual observers. First it was the Kentucky Derby, which I'll Have Another captured to begin the 2012 Triple Crown journey. He looked strong, though still wasn't quite given all the respect he may have deserved. After all, Bodemeister did head to the post as the favorite on Saturday at The Preakness.


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And the race played out almost exactly as everyone expected. Bodemeister set the pace, though a little slower than most imagined, and I'll Have Another stalked his prey. With Bodemeister leading down the stretch, I'll Have Another reeled him in, caught him with less than 100 yards to go, then hung on for dear life to win at the wire.

Sure, the race win was nice. It was a fantastic race. But a bid for the Triple Crown heading to The Belmont? And a horse that seems to be able to pull a rabbit out of the hat? It doesn't get much better.

Most every sports fan knows the Triple Crown, its rarity and importance among sports' most amazing feats. And with I'll Have Another, there's a chance we could see history at The Belmont.

And at this point, a chance is good enough.

For more on the Pimlico Special and the Preakness, stay tuned to this StoryStream or check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come.

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