Despite putting on a masterful performance by upsetting Bodemeister at the 2012 Kentucky Derby, it would appear that I’ll Have Another is still not getting the respect he deserves.
Recently, 2012 Preakness Stakes betting oddsmakers were asked the multi-million dollar question: Will I’ll Have Another win “The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown”? And despite being listed as the odds favorite by a number of sportsbooks around the world, the answer was a resounding negative!
According to horseracing experts, the likelihood that the son of Flower Alley will face some stiff competition, especially from Bodemeister, is enough for oddsmakers not to commit, despite the fact that he’s the hottest race on the field. Check out a complete list of Preakness Stakes prop bets here!
“I respect Bodemeister and his connections big-time,” said I’ll Have Another trainer, Doug O’Neill. “I’d rather he didn’t run, but if he runs, we have a colt that’s good enough and versatile enough to stick close and not let Bodemeister have everything his own way.”
Going into the 137th Preakness, I’ll Have Another has won three consecutive races, including victories over most of the horse that will be at Pimlico Racecourse next Saturday such as: Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Dullahan, Rousing Sermon, Liaison, Hansen, Went The Day Well and others.
So, what does a three-year-old colt have to do to get some love from 2012 Preakness Stakes oddsmakers? According to Pimlico odds specialist, Frank Carulli, it is highly unlikely that I’ll Have Another can outsprint Bodemeister in a shorter track than at Churchill Downs.
“This crop of 3-year-olds is so evenly matched,” added O’Neill in regards to the 2012 Preakness Stakes odds. “Bodemeister has probably been the most consistent. The one thing my colt has is he’s 3-for-3 (this year) and he’s done nothing but win. As long as he’s done that, I’m OK with a little higher odds.”
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“He hasn’t done anything wrong this year,” said Graham Motion, who won last year’s Derby with Animal Kingdom and trains Went the Day Well, 4th in this year’s Run for the Roses. “He’s an impressive horse.”