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I'll Have Another is now just one step away from Triple Crown glory after winning the Preakness

Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2012 13:52

Eventual winner and Kentucky Derby champion I'll Have Another (left) begins his move at the top of the stretch
Eventual winner and Kentucky Derby champion I'll Have Another (left) begins his move at the top of the stretch

I'll Have Another will try to become the first horse since 1978 to win the American Triple Crown following his victory in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

The Doug O'Neill-trained colt added to his dramatic Kentucky Derby defeat of Bodemeister with a similarly thrilling neck triumph over the same rival.

I'll Have Another will now bid for Triple Crown glory in the Belmont Stakes in New York on 9 June.

"The great part of I'll Have Another is that any of us could have a horse like this," O'Neill said.

O'Neill added: "He didn't cost a million bucks. But he's got the heart of a champion, the stride of a champion, and the mind of a champion.

"On to New York, baby!"

The last horse to have won the Triple Crown was Affirmed.

Bodemeister's trainer, Bob Baffert, said: "I felt really good about where he was. He looked like he was travelling nicely. Turning for home I really felt he would win. But the winner is a really good horse. I really can't complain. The California horses are really tough."