Look at the Preakness Stakes odds and one thing appears clear: This is a two-horse race. I’ll Have Another hasn’t lost in three tries this year, including the Kentucky Derby, and Bodemeister is clearly the best horse and might be the best 3-year-old in the country.
But there’s reason to believe Saturday won’t be all about just Bodemeister and I’ll Have Another. Both are expected to flash to the lead, though there’s some uncertainty about who will set the pace.
No matter who sets it, the other will be chasing and trying not to fall behind. If it’s too fast, one of those two favorites might be burnout. At that point, expect Graham Motion’s Went the Day Well and Creative Cause to try to pass them down the stretch.
It would mean an end to another Triple Crown hope if that happens.
I’ve been given an imaginary pot of $100 to wager on The Preakness Stakes. This is how I’d use the money:
• $22 to win on Went the Day Well
• $10 to win on Creative Cause, Bodemeister & I’ll Have Another
• $2 exacta box Went the Day Well-Creative Cause-Bodemeister-I’ll Have Another ($24)
• $1 trifecta box Went the Day Well-Creative Cause-Bodemeister-I’ll Have Another ($24)