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2012 Preakness: Triple Crown Continues On Saturday

Horse racing's Triple Crown continues in Baltimore on Saturday, as I'll Have Another looks to win the Preakness and set himself up for a chance at history.

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The second leg of the American horse racing Triple Crown is on Saturday, as Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another looks to win the 2012 Preakness and continue his Triple Crown quest.

The Preakness is different than the Kentucky Derby in a number of ways, and most obviously, the fact that it's not in Kentucky. The Preakness is held annually in Baltimore, Maryland -- so I guess it's more than just crabcakes and football there. The Preakness has a shorter track as well, which bodes well for Bodemeister, who dominated the majority of the Kentucky Derby but faded toward the end, as I'll Have Another came roaring down the stretch.

The field at the Preakness is also smaller than the field at Churchill Downs. There are only 12 horses slated to race in the Preakness, compared to the 22 that ran during the Kentucky Derby.

Currently, the field consists of:

  • I'll Have Another
  • Creative Cause
  • Went The Day Well
  • Teeth of the Dog
  • Tiger Walk
  • Optimizer
  • Bodemeister
  • Pretension
  • Zetterholm
  • Cozzetti
  • Guyana Star Dweej
  • Daddy Nose Best
The post positions draw will be held on Wednesday night. While the post positions certainly do not make or break a race, they can affect a horse greatly, as Union Rags struggled out of the gate because of traffic in the Kentucky Derby.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.