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Preakness Stakes: Who to watch in the second leg of the Triple Crown

Preakness Stakes: The Kentucky Derby winner, I'll Have Another, will once again face Bodemeister this Saturday. Who else should you watch at the Preakness?

Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another works out with exercise rider Johnny Garcia in preparation for 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, May 18.

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Despite relinquishing the lead to I'll Have Another in the stretch of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, Bodemeister is expected to be out front once again in this Saturday's 137th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Eleven horses will go to the post for the second leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

Bodemeister's trainer Bob Baffert has won five previous Preakness Stakes, the most recent with Lookin At Lucky in 2010. So he has a pretty good idea of how to get his horse around the mile and 3/16 oval. Bodemeister will start out of the No. 7 post position on Saturday afternoon.

“I think it’s a good post. With him, anything in the middle would have been fine. In the Preakness you just don’t want to be stuck down on the inside, where you have to use your horse a little bit," Baffert told after the Preakness post position draw Wednesday.

Derby-winning I'll Have Another drew the No. 9 post position for the Preakness as he attempts to become the 11th horse since 1978 to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown, according to the New York Times.

Trainer Doug O'Neill is comfortable with his horse on the outside, looking in towards the majority of the field.


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