LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and should be fresh for the Preakness Stakes thanks to a light race schedule in 2012.
I'll Have Another didn't enter the Kentucky Derby as one of the favorites or most talked about horses. With the Kentucky Derby win, that will all change as we head to the Preakness Stakes. The good news for trainer Doug O'Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez is that, thanks to a light 2012 schedule, I'll Have Another should be fresh.
The Kentucky Derby was just the third race of 2012 for I'll Have Another. The horse won both of its other races this year including the Santa Anita Derby on April 7, and the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4. In comparison, Bodemeister, who finished second to I'll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby, has raced five times in 2012.
We will see if the lighter schedule gives I'll Have Another an advantage at the Preakness Stakes on May 19, as it tries to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.
For more on the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2012 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come will have analysis of I'll Have Another's Triple Crown chances, and has A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.
Want more video on the Kentucky Derby? Check out SB Nation's Kentucky Derby playlist on YouTube.