I'll Have Another & Bodemeister (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
I'll Have Another, left, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, left, crosses the finish line ahead of Bodemeister, ridden by Mike Smith, to win the 137th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 19, 2012, in Baltimore.
By a nose
It was closer than the Kentucky Derby, but I'll Have Another (9) caught Bodemeister in the stretch again. Mario Gutierrez rides the winner to victory in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday, moving one win from the Triple Crown. The third leg is the Belmont Stakes on June 9 at Belmont Park in New York.
No matter the angle, I'll Have Another gets his nose in front of Bodemeister at the finish of the Preakness. If he wins the Belmont Stake, I'll Have Another will be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Though it was tight between I'll Have Another and Bodemeister in the Preakness, those two were far ahead of third-place Creative Cause and the rest of the field. Creative Cause was 8-3/4 lengths behind second-place Bodemeister.
Off and running
In this image taken with a fisheye lens, the field breaks from the starting gate for the 137th Preakness Stakes. Winner I'll Have Another is third from right.
I'll Have Another (No. 9), ridden by Mario Gutierrez, breaks from the starting gate. I'll Have Another is 4 for 4 in races this year and 4 for 4 in two-turn route races.
Moment of victory
Jockey Mario Gutierrez, left, celebrates aboard I'll Have Another after narrowly defeating Bodemeister and Mike Smith.
A little help
I'll Have Another groom Incencio Diaz, right, embraces barn foreman Benjamin Perez as Jack Sistrunk, left, reacts after I'll Have Another won the Preakness Stakes.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez, who was riding at tiny Hastings Park last year, reacts aboard I'll Have Another after winning the Preakness Stakes.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez, left, aboard, I'll Have Another, shows his excitement after crossing the finish line in front of Bodemeister, right, ridden by Mike Smith.
In a near-replay of the Kentucky Derby, I'll Have Another charges on the outside to catch Bodemeister in deep stretch in the Preakness Stakes.
I'll Have Another owner Paul Reddam celebrates in the winner's circle after the Preakness. He purchased the colt for $35,000 at auction.
I'll Have Another jockey Mario Gutierrez celebrates in the winner's circle.