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Triple Crown 2012: I'll Have Another Keeps Triple Crown Hopes Alive

I'll Have Another pulled off another come from behind win at the Preakness and now has a chance to grab horse racing's first triple crown since 1978 with a win in the Belmont Stakes.

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May 19, 2012;Baltimore, MD, USA; Mario Gutierrez aboard I'll Have Another (9) beats Mike E. Smith aboard Bodemeister (7) to win the running of the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.  Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
May 19, 2012;Baltimore, MD, USA; Mario Gutierrez aboard I'll Have Another (9) beats Mike E. Smith aboard Bodemeister (7) to win the running of the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

I'll Have Another pulled off his second straight late charge to defeat favorite Bodemeister to win the 2012 Preakness. That win along with the earlier win at the Kentucky Derby gives I'll Have Another a shot at horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978 with a win at The Belmont.

Bodemeister was the favorite to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and seemingly had both victories within his grasp. He will get the opportunity to play spoiler for I'll Have Another should he run at The Belmont. Since Affirmed won the last triple crown in 1978, 11 3-year-olds have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but have fallen in the Belmont Stakes.

Here is SB Nation's Matt Gardner with reaction to I'll Have Another's thrilling victory at the 2012 Preakness:


For more on the 2012 Preakness, be sure to head over to And Down The Stretch They Come and join the discussion.

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