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Horse Racing Betting - The $35,000 Superstar

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 5/21/2012 2:32:19 PM

Superstars don’t grow on trees and they certainly don’t usually cost $35,000 but don’t tell that to Paul Reddam, the owner of the new best sportsbook online super kid on the block, Preakness Stakes hero I’ll Have Another.

Online sports players should take nothing away from Bob Baffert’s student Bodemeister’s fine effort, but the truth of the matter is that he had everything his own way on the front end and still could not close the deal.

Bought for Reddam by trainer Doug O’Neill’s brother Dennis for just $35,000, but they figured to play much more for I’ll Have Another and this runner just fell through the cracks on the day of the sales.

After the sports betting win on Saturday, I’ll Have Another ran his bankroll to $2,693,600 and has to be considered a legit threat to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown.

On paper, it looked like Bode was going to get an easy uncontested lead and that is exactly what happened for the most part.

He cruised to the front and posted a half mile of :47.68, the slowest Preakness half since 1982 when Aloma’s Ruler went :48 and kept going to the wire to win the Preakness.

The Beyers of 109 for both Bodemeister and I’ll Have Another are excellent considering the surface at Pimlico on Saturday was relatively slow.

As for what is next, I’ll Have Another already has shipped to New York. O’Neill wanted to avoid the crazy New York traffic and he also got to Maryland right on top of the Derby so that worked out pretty well.

Bodemeister will not run the Belmont Stakes and the other Preakness runner that is possible is D. Wayne Lukas’s Optimizer.

Baffert will be represented in the Belmont by Paynter, who won an allowance race on the Preakness undercard over 5 rivals by nearly 6 lengths with a 106 Beyer. This guy is improving and although he has speed, he doesn’t need the lead to win.

Kentucky Derby show horse Dullahan will likely start in the Belmont as will Union Rags, Rousing Sermon, Alpha and Mark Valeski.

One of the questions leading up to the Belmont will be can I’ll Have Another get the demanding mile and a half distance of final leg of the Triple Crown?

His sire Flower Alley was a Grade 1 winner, won at 8 furlongs, handled any kind of going and he ran well at a mile and a quarter, losing by just a length in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

I’ll Have Another’s dam only ran once, and she won that sprint. The dam dropped Those Wer the Days, who lost his debut was 2nd on a sloppy surface, but won the rest of his races including a route going away by 5.

Sibling When Willy Win won several routes in the minor leagues and was only out of the money 3 times in his 15-race career.

The way I’ll Have Another has been galloping out after his recent online betting wins suggests he will have little problem with the Belmont Stakes distance.

You don’t want to have to come from left field in the Belmont and he has enough speed to maintain contact.

Triple Crown here we come.

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