Saturday, May 19, 2012

Preakness Stakes 2012 (updated)

The winner of the 2012 Preakness is again I'll Have Another, again beating favorite Bodemeister, again leading almost all the way around the track until nipped shortly before the wire.

Creative Cause came in third.

It would be nice if he wins the Triple Crown, but call me a cynic.

1:55.94 was the time for this race.

As noted on this blog before, the winner's lead pony is champion racehorse Lava Man.

The Baltimore Sun has lots of Preakness coverage. Here is a profile of I'll Have Another's trainer, Doug O'Neill, showing extreme confidence, not to mention being correct, about his horse's chances.

The governor's take on the race:

O'Malley said he sees Preakness as an excellent economic opportunity for Maryland with media broadcasting around the country and diplomats visiting from places including the United Arab Emirates, Denmark, China, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Canada.

"I am looking forward to showing off the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland on a day when the eyes of the sports world are on Maryland," O'Malley said. "We have ideal weather -- never had better weather -- for the running of the Preakness. This is a great tradition."

Preakness is a cornerstone to Maryland's horse industry that supports 20,000 jobs and makes a $1.5 billion economic impact on the state, he said.

If readers have access to the New York Times, the race was live blogged. I don't do that stuff anymore. When there is video (eventually) to watch the replay, why bother?

The race. Unlike the Maryland Racing footage, the NTRA allows people to embed racing videos:

NTRA is an official horse racing organization, so their videos aren't likely to be taken down.

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