Two weeks ago, J. Paul Reddam’s I’ll Have Another ran down pacesetter Bodemeister to take the Kentucky Derby under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. On Saturday, I’ll Have Another took on that pacesetting rival in the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes and gutted out a neck victory to take the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico.
The front-running Bodemeister took command straightaway and set more reasonable fractions of :23 3/5, :47 3/5, 1:11 3/5 and 1:36 3/5 this time around than what he did in the Derby. Jockey Mario Gutierrez settled I’ll Have Another in behind and to the outside as Creative Cause kept pace with Bodemeister on the backstretch.
Bodemeister, Creative Cause and I’ll Have Another swung around the turn in tandem, but the gray Creative Cause couldn’t keep pace as his two rivals faced off yet again. Bodemeister held the advantage for much of the stretch run, but I’ll Have Another kept inching closer and just got up in the shadow of the wire to finish 1 3/16 miles on the fast dirt in 1:55 4/5.