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2012 Belmont Stakes: Is I'll Have Another the Next Triple Crown Winner?

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 08:04

2012 Belmont Stakes latest oddsPatrice Wolfson had doubts about his feelings at the prospect of no longer being the owner of the last horse that had won the Triple Crown. I was not sure any of the 11 horses who tried to join before Affirmed at the pinnacle of horse racing were the merits sufficient. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

None of them succeeded to complete the series of victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Thus, as Affirmed was the eleventh and last horse has achieved the feat in the distant 1978.Now, Wolfson and other members of this exclusive club claim they are ready to welcome a new member.

And are impressed by I'll Have Another, who will try to win the race's oldest and longest of the series, Belmont, which celebrates its 144th edition on June 9.Wolfson said that I'll Have Another reminds him "a little" to Affirmed, because she loves to run and causes emotions in public."It seems that he would be a good successor if he does," Wolfson said Wednesday. "Maybe it's time.

The horse racing needs a horse that causes many emotions, and it can do. It can be very exciting.''I'll Have Another exceeded in the last 100 meters (yards) to Bodemeister, who had taken the lead from the start of the race, to win the Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later, the chestnut colt overtook Bodemeister also a few meters from the finish in Preakness, winning by a head.Affirmed jockey Steve Cauthen and triumphs were also tightened.

Beat Alydar by a length and a half in the Derby, but scored the victory in Preakness by a head over the same opponents.Both horses staged one of the best matchups of the sport in Belmont, about a half mile away (2.4 kilometers).Affirmed went ahead just a head at the finish, which became the second consecutive winning the Triple Crown. Seattle Slew had achieved a year earlier.

Penny Chenery was the owner of Secretariat, who swept the series in 1973 and broke a drought of 25 years without winning the Triple Crown."I think I'll Have Another can do it," said Chenery, who is now 90 years.Unlike Secretariat, who had his barn at Belmont, I'll Have Another comes from California, along with trainer Doug O'Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez Mexican. They have never raced at Belmont Park.O'Neill sought the advice of trainer Billy Turner on how to race at this track.

Turner said the Californian of 44 years wanted to know everything from the deep layer of sand covering the runway to the personnel who are in the arrancadero."I was impressed. I asked the right questions,'' said Turner.

"It's very clever and does not miss anything. He is serious about this.''Cauthen said he supports Gutierrez, 25.

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