By Amanda Shore
The Triple Crown hasn’t been won in the United States since 1978. The Kentucky Derby, which is the first horse race in the US Triple Crown, was run on May 5 and won by “I’ll Have Another”. This was his first Kentucky Derby, and the three-year-old North American Thoroughbred won by one and a half lengths.
The track conditions for the Preakness Stakes were fast, and the turf condition is firm. These are excellent conditions, and “I’ll Have Another’s” jockey, Mario Gutierrez, took advantage of them. They won the Preakness Stakes on their first try, barely finishing ahead of Bodemeister. They will likely go to the Belmont Stakes in June. Gutierrez stated after the race, “It’s not me. It’s just him. It’s all about the horse.”
In order to win the Triple Crown, a horse must win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in one year. Only time will tell if “I’ll Have Another” can pull it off.