‘I’ll Have Another’ Wins in Close Finish at Preakness

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By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another surged to a surprise win Saturday at the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, keeping its hopes for the coveted Triple Crown alive.

I’ll Have Another went into the race with 3-1 odds, behind Bodemeister, the favorite with odds at 2-1.

Bodemeister took an early lead and stayed in front for most of the race. But on the home stretch, I’ll Have Another broke loose, charging up the side and past Bodemeister to score a dramatic win.

Bodemeister came in second and Creative Cause took third.

I’ll Have Another knows a little something about beating the odds.

The 3-year-old colt, with odds at 15-1 going into the Kentucky Derby, stunned the racing world by dashing past favorite Bodemeister to win.

Like at the Preakness, Bodemeister led for most of that race before being overtaken at the wire by I’ll Have Another.

“I’m just numb; it’s incredible,” said I’ll Have Another trainer Doug O’Neill, moments after Saturday’s race. “We’re thinking Triple Crown, baby!”

The Preakness, the second of three races that make up the storied U.S. Triple Crown, is run at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

No horse has swept the Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes — in 34 years.

Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown. The last was Affirmed in 1978.

Since 1990, just seven horses have won the first two of the three legs of the Triple Crown. Big Brown was the last horse, in 2008.

The Belmont Stakes is scheduled to be run on June 9.

“It’s not me. It’s just him. It’s just all about the horse. He just keeps proving people wrong,” said I’ll Have Another jockey Mario Gutierrez. “I’m so happy for him because he’s just a great horse.”

Earlier, the build-up to the race was hit by controversy as the jockey who rode Big Brown to victory in the 2008 Preakness was ruled out of the Preakness after failing a breathalyzer test in New York.

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was replaced by Ramon Dominguez on long-shot Tiger Walk.

The 42-year-old failed the test at Belmont Park and was taken off all three of his scheduled mounts. Although he has not been suspended, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board is conducting an investigation.

Desormeaux has won the Preakness twice: once aboard Real Quiet in 1998 and again 10 years later on Big Brown.

— CNN’s Lateef Mungin contributed to this report.

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