2012 Triple Crown Schedule Will Feature Derby Winner
For this year’s horse racing upset story, I’ll Have Another is the winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby seen televised on NBC Sports this past Saturday. Ridden by jockey Mario Guttierez, I’ll Have Another surged to the finish line, edging out one of the favorites in Bodemeister down the stretch. The horse and its team will now have less than two weeks to get ready for the next leg of a Triple Crown schedule.
The Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing consists of three major races. The next one will be the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland. Preakness is held on May 19th at the Pimlico Race Course. That race will followed by the Belmont Stakes, which will be held on June 9th at New York’s Belmont Park.
How good are I’ll Have Another’s chances to win all three races? Right now, AOL Sporting News reports that ESPN has data indicating he is “by far, the Derby winner with the longest odds to complete the Triple Crown sweep.” The horse with the lowest odds in a Derby to go on to win the Triple Crown was Assualt in 1946, who was 8 to 1 as a favorite to win the Derby. For comparison, I’ll Have Another was a 15 to 1 in this year’s Derby.
Three favorite horses who competed against I’ll Have Another in this year’s Kentucky Derby were Dullahan, Union Rags, and Bodemeister. Each is still being considered for the next race. Bob Baffert said Bodemeister is a possible entrant for Preakness, but a decision won’t be made for several days. As for Dullahan and Union Rags, they will be more likely to compete in the third race of the Triple Crown Schedule on June 9th.