BALTIMORE — I’ll Have Another came into the Preakness facing one of the toughest possible tactical situations in racing. His most formidable rival, Bodemeister, was the solitary front-runner in the field and would be able to control the pace as his jockey dictated. That’s usually a formula for victory whether the scenario develops in a maiden race or the second leg of the Triple Crown.

So when I’ll Have Another made his last surge in the Pimlico stretch and caught the leader, this wasn’t simply a case of a stretch-runner overhauling a tired leader. Bodemeister is a superior speed horse and he ran as well Saturday as he has ever done in his short career. I’ll Have Another’s performance — though the winning margin was only a neck — was much more impressive and authoritative than his triumph in the Kentucky Derby two weeks earlier.

Source : Preakness Stakes 2012: I’ll Have Another is more impressive in this leg of the … – Washington Post

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