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When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first Derby win.
My son turns 30 in two months, and he hasn't seen a horse win a Triple Crown since he's been alive. My guess is he likely never will see one, even if he lives to 100 as I hope he does.
I'll Have Another overcame the challenge of 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby and the first dose of the burden of expectations in the Preakness Stakes. But to complete the Triple Crown, he'll have to deal with being the favorite for the first time.
Watching from the stands at Churchill Downs and then Pimlico Race Course, Doug O'Neill experienced the thrill of victory twice.
Chasing Bodemeister around the track at Pimlico Race Course, jockey Mario Gutierrez and I'll Have Another also were chasing a chance at history. This is what he and trainer Doug O'Neill were prepared for.
Unlike the Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert thought he had the Preakness Stakes won with Bodemeister. It was just slow enough that his front-running horse had a good chance to put it away.
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.
In the aftermath of I'll Have Another's Kentucky Derby victory, trainer Doug O'Neill got a little ahead of himself in saying his colt would remain in Louisville a little while longer.