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I'll Have Another a Solid Competitor Against Bodemeister

Written by Matt Stevens   
Friday, 18 May 2012 08:13

137th Preakness Stakes BettingThe Mexican jockey kept his 'American Dream' to take the title of the traditional Kentucky Derby riding his beloved horse, I'll Have Another. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

I'll Have Another broke down the stretch to beat Bodemeister and win the first Kentucky Derby jockey and trainer for Saturday.

With a time of 2:01:83, I'll Have Another won nearly $ 1.5 million of a stock of 2.2 million, a great reward for a horse that was purchased last year by $ 35.000.

The jockey Mario Gutierrez, who debuted in the Derby, said his horse was a solid competitor.

"They did not believe that I'll Have Another go so far," said Gutierrez. "But even if I'd been offered (any horse in the field), I had stayed with him."

The winner was 15 to 1 odds, while Bodemeister was 4-1, according to Bovada sportsbook . Dullahan, with odds of 12-1, also rushed and finished in third place.

I'll Have Another defeated by more than one body Bodemeister in the classic race of a mile and a quarter at Churchill Downs, which was attended by a record crowd.

Edition 138 of the Derby was marked by other 'firsts': victory number one coach Doug O'Neill and the first win from position 19 in a crowded field.

O'Neill said that Gutierrez was "the man" after his performance. "He was so confident," he said. "We had a brilliant career."

Bob Baffert, Bodemeister trainer , admitted he was "very proud of the way" in which his horse ran.

"Just finished a little tired," Baffert said NBC.

After winning all three races he has participated this year, O'Neill said he was excited about the next stage of the Triple Crown, the Preakness edition 137, Baltimore, scheduled for May 19. "Maryland, here we go," he said.

Gutierrez thanked everyone involved in the effort, and to his family in Mexico and "my beautiful second family" in Canada.

A record crowd of more than 165,000 spectators witnessed "the most exciting two minutes of sport" or "fastest two minutes of the game."

Known as the Run for the Roses, by the garland given to winning the Kentucky Derby, traces its history to 1875, when Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark decided to open a career in his home state.
Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, the most recent being Affirmed 34 years ago. The third race is the Belmont Stakes, set for June 9.

A win with class. So you can sum up the victory of Mexican Mario Gutierrez riding the pony "I'll Have Another", in the 138 th edition of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Down Race Track in Louisville.

In the most important moment of his still early career and in just his first participation in the Derby, Gutierrez showed the talent that had been accumulating awards from an early age.

As a veteran in this kind of big races, Gutierrez held the colt "I'll Have Another" in an intermediate position and always sought to have a clear track to side and forward, letting it run at will. And after bending the elbow end, his strategy paid off.

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