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Triple Crown Betting – I’ll Have Another’s Path To The Triple Crown

Posted by Marco Sussman on 5/23/2012 3:55:25 PM

Sports betting sharps know that there are few things more difficult in the world of sports than for a thoroughbred horse to win the Triple Crown, which consists of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. I’ll Have Another is the first horse since Big Brown in 2008 to win the first two legs of the Crown, and at the Belmont on June 9th, he’ll aim to become the first since Affirmed in 1978 to achieve the biggest accomplishment in thoroughbred horse racing, but how did he get here?

I’ll Have Another had decent horse betting odds when the Kentucky Derby went off on May 5th, and coming into the Derby he had two races in a row, the Grade-2 Robert B. Lewis and the Grade-1 Santa Anita Derby, both of which came at Santa Anita Park. The win in the latter race, over a very tough contender in Creative Cause, may have opened a few eyes to the three-year-old, but he was still rated at +1100 as the Derby began at Churchill Downs. Jockey Mario Gutierrez ran a beautiful race, pacing I’ll Have Another until the end, when they stalked a tiring Bodemeister down the stretch to steal the “Run for the Roses”.

The same thing happened at the Preakness two weeks later, as Bodemeister again got out to a great start and was running away with the race, but a late surge by I’ll Have Another put him in the winner’s circle at the “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans”, leaving Bodemeister’s handlers so distraught that they’re not even going to bring him to Belmont Park for the Triple Crown finale.

The key to I’ll Have Another’s success may have been when owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill decided to pair the horse with Gutierrez after two jockeys in his first three races. They broke his maiden last year with Joel Rosario and then finished second in the Grade-2 Best Pal Stakes, and then decided to switch to Julien Leparoux, who steered the horse to a sixth-place run at the Grade-1 Hopeful. But then Gutierrez got in the saddle and it has been all smiles from I’ll Have Another’s camp with four straight wins, beginning with the pair of victories at Santa Anita and then moving on to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

I’ll Have Another is a +200 favorite to win the Belmont and finally end the 33-year drought that is the longest of its kind since the Triple Crown really started in 1875 with the beginning of the Kentucky Derby. The Belmont is the “Test of the Champion” because of its 1.5-mile length, and it will be a true test of Gutierrez’s ability to pace I’ll Have Another throughout the race. June 9th figures to be a truly exciting day for online betting players.

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