In yesterday’s Kentucky Derby, racing fans watched as the favorites to win, Bob Baffert’s Bodemeister and Michael Matz’s Union Rags struggled to make an impression on the field. Leading the pack in the last big push for the win, Ill Have Another, an extremely long shot nosed ahead for a stellar finish. Ill Have Another is the first horse to win from post 19 at the Kentucky Derby,often referred to as the ominous ‘long long shot’ spot racing.
As fans gear up for the second leg of the Triple Crown, perhaps they will be more apt to bet on far-reaching long shots like Ill Have Another in the upcoming Preakness Stakes at Pimlico racetrack in Maryland. If the horse succeeds, Ill Have Another will be the first 3 year-old to sweep the Triple Crown since racing star Affirmed in 1978.
Both chestnut colts created huge upsets in the racing world, and though they come from vastly different pedigrees look hauntingly similar:
Is this just a coincidence, or could we be looking at the second coming of an ‘Affirmed’ champion as we turn the corner for the next lap of the Triple Crown?
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